Process is the key for choreographer
The show is called Dance Creation in Progress, and aptly so.
The title succinctly sums up Chanti Wadge’s approach to developing a modern dance show. For her, the first priority isn’t necessarily what’s created, but how it’s created.
“For me, there is a lot of emphasis on the process,” says the Montreal-based dancer and choreographer.
Wadge has been in the city working with the company dancers at Le Groupe Dance for the past three weeks. It’s not a lot of time to put together a dance show with people she has never worked with before. And even the number of dancers — six — has been a change from the smaller shows she’s put together, but she likes the challenge.
“Normally I would take a lot more time so it’s been interesting condensing it into this three- week process of improvising and seeing what’s there, then weeding and developing that dance and putting it together into something more complete,” explains Wadge.
The inspiration for the show is nature and a return to natural landscapes, and for Wadge that means exploring how reactions to natural things can affect our senses, and ultimately our movement.
To inspire the dancers to explore their creativity, and find new ways to move, Wadge experimented with natural sounds. Or rather, sounds made by natural objects — like the sound of bark being scratched or struck, and the rhythm of bones being struck together.
And if it sounds a little Mother Nature-like and au natural, then Wadge will be pleased. The artist has made a name for herself with many original multi-disciplinary shows combining dance, video and text for art installations.
But she says she has recently been drawn back to the purity and simplicity of just dance. “For the last few years I’ve been trying to pull away from that inter-disciplinary style and focus on dance. I want to find the nakedness of that form alone.”
She laughs softly when it’s suggested that to many, modern dance is something that is just beautiful to watch, and not something in which they will necessarily “get” the true artistic meaning.
“Of course people might not understand all the nuances, but I hope the ultimate vision should come across in some way,” she says.“You do this because you love it and you hope someone can get inspired, or moved, even just in emotion, and that’s the poetry in it.”
- Dance Creation in Progress runs tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., at Dance Lab’s Studio A at 2 Daly Ave. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students and seniors. Call 613-235-1492 to reserve.
After covering hard news for a few years, Kim discovered her real passion – writing about the wonderful world of music, theatre, visual arts and literature.