photo above from a B>Lab in Barcelona, making dance to a poem in a language we don’t understand
dance like no one is watching ~ Grassroots : Remix brings together experiences, materials, and scores through translocal and international collaboration spanning a decade of improv practice. In 2007 Meagan O’Shea conceived of “dance like no one is watching” – dancers performing spontaneous choreography in unexpected locations through shared improv practice. O’Shea spent 5 years working with 200 dancers to create this ever-evolving work, which reached 30,000 incidental audience members in parks, on streets, in parking spots, public transit, shop windows, and at farmers markets. For the last 5 years O’Shea has been developing that source material through her work in international contexts. For the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, O’Shea brings together dancers from myriad countries and contexts to connect practices, experiments, dance scores in Grassroots : Remix .
Over the course of a week, dancers gathered from Vancouver, Toronto, St. John’s and New York, Scandinavia and Spain will work together to develop shared vocabulary and try out different scores. At the end of the week we’ll pick the things we like the most and remix them to make pop up dances through out the next week.
We’ll insert secret scores within each dance that create their own narrative, and we’ll extract parts of each of the dances to make a dance film in the magnificent coastal Newfoundland landscape.
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