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OCT.06

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

Photo by Megan Allison
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Here nor There
Andrya Duff

Who Knit Ya?
Candice Pike with Josh Murphy

Alice Falling
Lois Brown with Candice Pike

 

Here nor There
Andrya Duff

This is a memory but I'm not exactly sure whose

 

Originally created and performed by Andrya Duff for the 2019 St. John's Short Play Festival.

Sound Design - Megan Allison

 

Thank yous: Megan for creating the other character, Andrea for seeing what I'm trying to do, the ACC team for being so generous with their space, and the second life that prepared me to come back to the beginning.

Huge thank you to Calla and the entire NDW team for providing support as well as the opportunity to revisit this work.

To all VFR collaborators local and visiting, here's to making everything and nothing. What an honour to finally be in the room with you!

Andrya Duff

Andrya Duff is a multidisciplinary artist from St. John's. Some of her performance projects include; The Baroness Von Sketch Show (Choreographer/Dancer - Season 3), Pleasure Principle (Ryan McNamara - Harbourfront Centre), Blue Mouth Group (Dance Marathon - Harbourfront Centre), Circus Orange (Tricycle - World Pride, Hamilton SuperCrawl, Rochester Fringe), Theater Rusticle (Dinner at 7:30/The Stronger Variations - Buddies in Bad Times), Sore for Punching You (Exhale - Citadel, Dancemakers), The Proust Project (Canstage Festival), and over a decade with the Scandelles (Buddies in Bad Times, Luminato, MOCA, Summerworks). Most recently Andrya performed with Double Sure Theatre Co-op (Her Closely - LSPU Hall) and was co-choreographer of The Fire Kedgys' Howl produced by Neighbourhood Dance Works and presented by the National Arts Centre.

Who Knit Ya?
Candice Pike with Josh Murphy

This contemporary-dance-meets-burlesque performance evokes ideas of home and belonging/not belonging, queerness, and perhaps a gritty/sensual side of rural NL living. The movement combines Candice’s curiosity for sculptural and rhythmic subtle ties with Josh’s playful notions about engaging the audience through concealing and revealing.

 

Choreography: Candice Pike with Josh Murphy

Performer: Josh Murphy

Lighting Design for premiere: Karla Biggin

 

Thank you to the musicians who enthusiastically let us use their songs!

Duane Andrews’ version of “Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary’s” is available on

Conception Bay (2015). www.duaneandrews.ca

Allison Crowe’s version of “No Change in the Weather” is available on

Newfoundland Vinyl IV (2018). www.allisoncrowe.com

*Candice is a member of CADA-East

 

Acknowledgements

The creation and presentation of this work was made possible by:

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts – Conseil des arts du Canada.

We acknowledge the support of ArtsNL, which last year invested $3.2 million to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the bene it of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

Arts and Culture Centre, Corner Brook.

Dance Studio West

Participants in Candice’s 2018 birthday fundraiser

Audience members at our Fall 2019 showings in Corner Brook and Kinetic Studio in Halifax.

Josh Murphy

Josh Murphy is a dance artist, educator and burlesque performer based in St. John’s, NL. Murphy trained at York University earning his BFA in 2017. Recent credits include national and international tours with BoylesqueTO, participation in the NL Dance Project with Neighbourhood Dance Works and Christopher House, and a solo work “Who Knit Ya” in collaboration with Candice Pike. In 2018 he received the Roberta Thomas Legacy Award wherein he researched the intersections of contemporary dance and burlesque/cabaret style performance. Murphy is currently researching “Ruralesque” with Candice Pike and Hilary Knee, discovering where rural Newfoundland aesthetics meet contemporary dance and burlesque.

 

Candice Pike

Candice Pike is a dance artist, educator, and administrator based in Corner Brook, NL. She uses a gentle approach to create, interpret, and share dance through both a somatic and intellectual lens. With an eclectic background of movement, artistic, and administrative experience she continues to consider unique ways of creating and presenting dance in rural locations. Candice also practices 'community networking choreography' by designing and facilitating a number of arts engagement and mentorship programs. Her current projects include the development of an evening-length dance work at the intersection of contemporary dance, burlesque, and embodied experiences of Newfoundland culture supported by the 2021 Diane Moore Legacy Award.

Alice Falling
Lois Brown with Candice Pike

In Lois Brown’s “Alice Falling”, dancer/collaborator Candice Pike takes the elevator up to the nosebleed seats at the Four Seasons Centre – those cheap seats filled by students with the teeniest of budget - to see “Alice in Wonderland”. She faints, then falls into the ballet below. Under the tulle of a tutu, she awakes in the in-betweens of an Alice-fuelled reverie. Pulling on inside-out taco-chip bags for fleeted feet, with her antler-hands Alice leaps and floats like a faun over boggy silver-bagged woodlands.

 

“Alice Falling” is an investigative snapshot of the feminine worlds of fainting, repetitive work, ordinary objects, and small-town ballet teaching - the glamorous world of the extraordinary ordinary.

Director and Choreographer: Lois Brown

Collaborator and Performer: Candice Pike

Text from: Tulle as Tool: Embracing the Conflict of the Ballerina as Powerhouse by Jennifer Fisher. Dance Research Journal. Summer 2007. Read by Rie Croll. Additional recording by Heather Pike

Producer: Candice Pike Dance

Sound Composition: George Robertson

Lighting design KarlaBiggin

Special thanks to Chelsea Marks SM Corner Brook, Phil Winters and Olivia Curtis-Brown

"I wanted to base a short work in Candice Pike’s dance practice – community creation and animation; developmental movement; creative dance instruction to participants of all ages and abilities; resourcefulness; and interpreting choreography as a collaborative endeavour. At the time, I was saving chip bags – washing them and turning them inside out...when Candice pulled them on to her hands and feet the bags became silver hooves. Candice brought me an essay about the glamorous ballet teacher in a small town, running her own successful business - this vocation allows her to be a financially and creatively independent woman and we desire this. Candice’s stories about the tutus her pre-school (and adult) students loved to wear inspired us - the tulle. We talked about repetitive female work, particularly folding and carrying, in relationship to the ballet teachers of Jennifer Fisher’s Tulle as Tool: Embracing the Conflict of the Ballerina as Powerhouse. Our conversations also turned to anxiety, trauma and invisible disability. The “vagus nerve” came up a lot, as you will hear in the recounting Candice’s Mom delivers. The stories about Candice fainting and almost fainting are enthralling. Like Fischer’s ballerina – they reflect the in - between, an unconfined state of being. We based the piece in Candice’s story about seeing Alice Wonderland at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. Candice had taken an elevator to the nosebleed seats – those cheap seats filled by students with the teeniest of budgets. As she crawled to her seat, the perspiration on her arms and fingers caused her watch and her jewellery to slide off her wrists and fingers. As she told the story, I entertained the possibility that she might fall into the ballet, which seemed to me the very essence of making a ballet

of “Alice in Wonderland.” We framed our exploration of “female work”, tulle as tool, and fainting with this story. When the longest nerve in the body is triggered, the most animal part of responses available, Candice/Alice falls from the nosebleed seats through a tunnel of tulle into the otherworld/wonderland of falling stars, becoming a sliver chipbag-footed faun...leaping, floating, levitating, meditating, pausing, breathing, present, safe, joyous.

 

The creation and presentation of this work was made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts –Conseil des arts du CanadaArtsNL, which last year invested $3.2 million to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Arts and Culture Centre, Corner BrookDance Studio WestNeighbourhood Dance WorksNAXParticipants in Candice’s 2018 birthday fundraiserAudience members at our Fall 2019 showing in Corner Brook and January 2020 showing in St. John’s."

Candice Pike

Candice Pike is a dance artist, educator, and administrator based in Corner Brook, NL. She uses a gentle approach to create, interpret, and share dance through both a somatic and intellectual lens. With an eclectic background of movement, artistic, and administrative experience she continues to consider unique ways of creating and presenting dance in rural locations. Candice also practices 'community networking choreography' by designing and facilitating a number of arts engagement and mentorship programs. Her current projects include the development of an evening-length dance work at the intersection of contemporary dance, burlesque, and embodied experiences of Newfoundland culture supported by the 2021 Diane Moore Legacy Award.

 

Lois Brown 

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