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Small Acts of Creativity with Broken Rhythms
Broken Rhythms, a local dance company who has been creating original work for almost a decade, including hit shows at the Victoria Fringe Festival, came to us with this project, and we wanted to get involved! We are thrilled to support Broken Rhythms in this creative endeavour, Small Acts of Creativity.
About the project
When Dyana Sonik-Henderson, Artistic & Executive Director of Broken Rhythms cancelled their season in the spring, it presented a complex problem for the company and its artists. How can you create work when the dancers can not touch? How can you set a schedule when a sore throat will keep dancers away? How can you pay dancers when you have no ticket sales, and no foreseeable performance date? The plethora of complications and problems can keep on going and as one problem is solved, another springs up to take its place. The complexities of this new way cannot be fully explained and it caused the company to freeze. To become unstuck, they needed to give their artists the chance to re-engage and re-imagine participation in the arts in a new creative way.
Small Acts of Creativity is a way to re-engage the Broken Rhythms company of dancers and to give them a creative outlet wether through dance or another creative outlet. The focus of these small acts of creation is to begin creating again and see if anything develops. Each artist has 5 hours to create their small act . The goal of this project is to plant small creative seeds in the and see if anything grows.
At Intrepid Theatre, we are keen to find ways to support the local community during COVID-19 and foster new ideas and ways of creating.
Stay tuned for new small acts coming through the fall!
Click through on each title to read more about the project, and see video/photos of the works.
I wanted to explore the feelings of being trapped, both physically and mentally, during quarantine. I was inspired by the haunting images and music of a piece from Broken Rhythm’s show Grim entitled “The Handless Maiden”. While the execution of live motion pictures did not go completely as I had envisioned it in my head, the restriction of movement definitely captured my feelings of uncertainty and anxiety over the past several months.
Inspired by the physical and mental experience of a pandemic lockdown, The Neck Leads, explores neck movement through freedom and confinement.
Choreographed and performed by Robyn Nogue
Filmed and edited by Jeremy Nogue
Concept/Singer Heidi Fox Lange
This project began as a simple extension of one of my intentions for 2020: to focus more on spontaneous play than goal-oriented achievements. My original idea for #smallactsofcreation was to have a fun and playful photoshoot with my daughters. I was compelled to have the photoshoot in Ross Bay Cemetery as I’ve always been drawn to its peaceful atmosphere. It is particularly beautiful in the Autumn.
When Dyana Sonik-Henderson asked me to probe further into why I chose a cemetery for the location of the shoot, some pondering reconnected me with a Zen Buddhist poem titled “The Night Chant”. Its profound message resonates deep within me.
Last year, prominent Mindfulness teacher/author Michael Stone unexpectedly passed away. At that time, I intuitively created a melody for the traditionally spoken chant, perhaps a means to help process Michael’s death. My #smallactsofcreation thus became intertwined with this potent chant: 6 photos illustrate “The Night Chant”, sung by yours truly.