Performance: The Lake

Friday, April 23 @ 6:00 pm CST
Saturday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer & Performer: Angela Blumberg
Company: Angela Blumberg Dance
Music: Ecuatorial by Edgar Varèse

Artist’s Statment: For the last twelve months, I’ve been taking advantage of my own isolation and the lack of live performance opportunities due to COVID-19 to experiment with a new movement vocabulary in front of a locked-off camera in my apartment. The idea for this dance film has been sparked by our relationship with nature and more specifically our body’s resemblance to other natural organisms such as algae, corals, water, and waves. I was surprised by the similarities I found when looking at body parts, especially our hands, from a different point of view. “The Lake” explores the body’s re-integration into the natural habitat of water by featuring a dancer who is a swimmer and at the same time the lake she swims in. Her hands, transformed into colorful algae, provide the environment she needs. The proposition that we are, in fact, nature surfaces as we watch the swimmer emerge and dive, appear and disappear into the effervescent depth of the lake.

Originally from Germany, Angela Blumberg obtained her BFA in contemporary dance at The Laban Centre (UK), and her MFA in choreography at York University in Toronto. Her work has been presented internationally in Germany, the UK, Sweden and Taiwan, and Canada. From 2012-2016, Angela worked with the composition department of the University of Toronto fostering dance and music collaborations. Currently, she works with notable filmmaker Barbara Willis-Sweete on Schafer’s Labyrinth, a multi-media film-project featuring the work of legendary Canadian composer Murray Schafer. Angela is the recipient of numerous awards including funding from the Canada Council (2018), the Ontario Arts Council (2015, 2014, 2012), and the Toronto Arts Council (2020, 2018, 2016, 2013), and was invited to present her work at the International Presenters Program (IPP) in Toronto. Since July 2020 Angela has been teaching contemporary dance and improvisation at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Established in 2013, Angela Blumberg Dance (ABD) is a charitable non-profit organization led by Angela Blumberg. The company’s body of work has been presented nationally and internationally by Canada’s National Arts Centre, Fall for Dance North’s International Presenters Program, Din of Shadows, and dance: made in canada/fait au canada.ABD is a supporter and proponent of collaboration among diverse choreographers and composers. ABD has worked with dancers with different training, including Canada’s National Ballet School, Ryerson’s post-secondary dance program, Fall for Dance North, Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts and Sol Express, whose members have developmental disabilities. Committed to fostering Dance-Music collaborations among young professionals, ABD created DAs CO-lab, a platform for young professional choreographers and music creators from diverse communities and backgrounds to collaborate on original work.

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