Reflection. Separation. Protection. Connection. Space.
Come Dance with Us Across Ontario !
Dance Ontario is thrilled to be offering Windows of Time, a multimedia dance project celebrating and uniting the communities of Windsor, London, Sault Saint Marie, Halton and Dufferin, in collaboration with Dreamwalker Dance Company.
In the fall of 2021, award-winning choreographer Andrea Nann will offer a nourishing creative process in each community, exploring and creating movement, text and expression through heightened awareness and articulation of sensations. The work will be shaped into a dance film by video artist Henry Mak to be screened during DanceWeekend 2022; Dance Ontario’s yearly showcase celebrating dance within Ontario!
Artist/Choreographer Statement from Andrea Nann
My work is process oriented so it is important to me to arrive in each community with a solid conceptual framework. This framework becomes a structure to support the creative materials; the substance that participants generate through the workshop experience.
With a strong framework the process can be meaningful and personal allowing unique and diverse creative expressions to flow.
The concept of Windows of Time has been defined by our current global situation. The window is a transparent barrier that has separated and protected us, trapped and restricted us, isolated and contained us. It has kept us safe but also apart.
We have been communicating through windows in our homes and in digital spaces with our loved ones and strangers.
We are also existing in window-frames of time, where windows of possibility for human experiences and meaningful connections continue to widen and narrow, open and close.
The window also has a reflective nature and through this process we will be reflecting upon who we are, where we are, and how we are doing as individuals and as members of a community.
Windows of Time is a metaphor for the many barriers we face.
It is my hope that in doing this work, and by exploring this metaphor we can begin to transcend some barriers by opening a portal to reconnect us to one another, to ourselves and to nature.
Two collective creations by Andrea Nann and Henry Mak:
- Ryerson Dances ‘this is where I find myself today’ (25-minute dance film)
- The Welcome Project Guelph (9-minute documentary followed by Public Action)
About Andrea Nann
Andrea Nann choreographs, performs, produces and presents dance to reach across distance, to experience herself and others in celebration of possibility, diversity, connection and belonging. She believes that dance can shift attitudes and ways of being, tuning us into what makes each of us distinct, to what we share, and ultimately how we can live together in wonderment and peace. As artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company Andrea creates works for the stage, film, and outdoor sites. She channels her community building passion into various participatory, collaborative multi-arts experiences. Dance has taken her around the globe and she remains forever grateful.
Interested in participating in Windows of Time? Please contact your local Network Coordinator
Halton DanceNetwork (HDN) Kate Lowe and Alan Faigal (Coordinators)
London (LDN) Bizz Varty (Coordinator)
Windsor & Chatham (WDN) Mary Jo Mullins (Coordinator)
The Soo/Algoma (S/ADN) Valerie Calam (Coordinator)
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