Rosedale students assist Peggy with FluxDelux

Our next instillation of FluxDelux is coming up at Nuit Blanche Toronto, October 3-4. FluxDelux was developed with the help of the grade 12 class at Rosedale School of the Arts. Here we chat with Jade Giacomello about her experience working with Peggy and on FluxDelux.

What was your first rehearsal for FluxDelux with Peggy like? What did you do?
In our first rehearsal we got an introduction to the FluxDelux concept, then experimented and played with movements to help us brainstorm descriptive words for the app scores we were going to make.  Some were very simple words/instructions that everyone/anyone can follow. For example we came up with instructions like: Jump– so you would jump when you wanted; Stay Low– so you can bend, crawl, squat etc; Melt– slowly sink to the ground, be very loose like you have no bones; and Clap– so you can clap whenever and however you want. As some of these movements happen, there are other participants that would be following another score with different instructions, so you see more than one action happening.

Rosedale Students at FluxDelux PANAMANIA, August 2015.

Rosedale students at FluxDelux PANAMANIA, August 2015.

What kind of feedback or input were you able to contribute during rehearsals?
We contributed by identifying the interesting patterns we noticed, new ways of describing actions, what we enjoyed about participating, and different “pedestrian” ways we liked to move.

What do you mean by “interesting patterns”?
We would notice someone running around while others were walking. It was interesting because there was a balance and it also gave a a slow motion effect. Other times there were people jumping and some standing still or touching the ground. What was the most interesting to see was when they followed each other. Some would lead and do their own moves for people to follow. Then some would stop following and be on their own. Then eventually they would lead others with multiple other leaders and followers and the few by themselves. Along with the basic Flux instructions: walk on a curving path; walk at various tempos; stop when you want; and follow someone, it created a lot of contrast, levels, and patterns. When the time came to give input on what we noticed we wanted to keep – that effect of having multiple movements happening to balance out the other really kept it exciting.

FluxDelux at PANAMANIA participants form a line, August 2015.

FluxDelux at PANAMANIA participants form a line, August 2015.

What’s your favourite part about FluxDelux?
My favourite part about FluxDelux were the patterns, simple instructions that had amazing results, and that anyone can participate.

Rosedale student copies the action of a younger FluxDelux participant at PANAMANIA, August 2015.

Rosedale student copies the action of a younger FluxDelux participant at PANAMANIA, August 2015.

What do you hope the general public who take part in FluxDelux will take from participating?
I hope they will see a new perspective of what art and dance can be, and also have fun from the performer and audience role.

Who should come out to Nuit Blanche Toronto?
Anyone and everyone!

How would you describe FluxDelux?
A new way to find creativity within yourself.

Rosedale grade 12 class along with a few of our company dancers and FluxDelux production team at PANAMANIA, August 2015.

Rosedale grade 12 class along with a few of our company dancers and FluxDelux production team at PANAMANIA, August 2015.

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