Public Performance of Talking Movement
Public Performance of ‘Talking Movement’ a Great Success!
On November 11th, 2012 Picasso PRO proudly presented the first public performance of Talking Movement before an invited audience of eighty artistic associates, dance specialists, families and friends at the Al Green Theatre in Toronto. The forty minute performance – dreamy, dramatic and playful in turns, featured an ensemble of ten dancers and onstage percussionist Walter Maclean. The audience was spellbound. A post-show Talkback with the artists, choreographer Miriam Rother and artistic principal Rose Jacobson, confirmed the audiences’ genuine interest in our work, the inclusive process and the creative impulses behind the choreography and the collaboration. The ensemble is composed of dancers who are Deaf, hearing, with and without disabilities. Two years of creative exploration most definitely gave Talking Movement great depth and professional integrity. The power of the large ensemble was matched by solos, duets and small group segments that added nuance, narrative and delicately coloured moments. The dancers seamlessly performed forty minutes of uninterrupted movement and dance with energy and precision. A Master Class with Miriam Rother on November 13th further enabled a group of outside dance practitioners to work with members of the ensemble to experience Miriam’s particular approach. In this way our field of collaborative partners organically expands.
The participating artists are Melissa Addison-Webster, Sheila Boyd, Wanda Fitzgerald, Durelle Harford McAllister, Anna MacLean, Heryka Miranda, Peter Owusu-Ansah, Jenelle Rouse, Ali Saeedi and Luka Sidavaricius. Ensemble member Mark Brose was unable to perform at the November 11th presentation for personal reasons. Picasso PRO will be seeking further invitations and opportunities to present and perform Talking Movement in 2013. We will also post links to a video segment and photos from the performance in the new year.