Inside the Repertory Stream

Artistic Associate Sahara Morimoto shares her insights on the Repertory Stream, and what participants can expect as they explore Peggy Baker’s recent choreography, land / body / breath.

land / body / breath is the most recent repertory that the company has presented (it premiered in May at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and it’s very exciting to return to the dance so soon for this year’s Repertory Stream of the August Intensive.

The performance took place in the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, so the performance and the vocalizing aspect of the dance were influenced by those Canadian art works. The movement vocabulary, however, came mostly from simple directions that Peggy gave.

Kate Holden dances land / body / breath. Photo by Makoto Hirata.

Kate Holden dances land / body / breath. Photo by Makoto Hirata.

There were eight of us dancers who were part of the performance. We each took part in following those directions to create a few moves, and then collected moves from all of us to become half of the dance.

It is a beautiful dance to be part of; to feel the collective energy as a group, how you become aware of the presence of your self and others by vocalizing, and to discover movements becoming meditative in some way. I also personally found deep pleasure in living inside of movements that were created by peer dancers whom I very much respect.

Sean Ling dances land / body / breath. Photo by Makoto Hirata.

Sean Ling dances land / body / breath. Photo by Makoto Hirata.

I hope dancers can join the Repertory Stream to experience and be inside of this beautiful dance.

Sahara Morimoto

Check out land / body / breath on Instagram! 

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For more information on the Repertory Stream or the August Intensive, click here.

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