“Clear in the River” is a new 12-minute contemporary dance work based on a sensory response to the environment of Lynn Valley Headwaters, a place of special natural beauty. The movement is sourced from the movement of the river, the architecture of the rocks and trees and express the idea of “cleansing” or “clearing” the mind through being in nature. The work was created through site-specific rehearsals along Lynn Creek (an area referred to as Kwa-hul-cha by the Tsleil-watuth peoples) featuring two local dancers and a live musician, choreographed by Rachel Maddock. The Arts in the Garden performance will be performed by dancers Brianne Chan and Nicole Pavia, accompanied by Dean Edward Thiessen’s music.
“My research currently investigates our relationship with the land and how that has been informed/shaped by a Western colonial mindset. In “Clear in the River,” I am working with creating movement from a sensitized (embodied) perspective—where the physical environment drives the expression and movement—and in that way gives back agency to the natural landscape.”