Through a series of vignettes developed in collaboration with Coast Salish storyteller Rosemary Georgeson and developed into choreographic expression by Olivia C. Davies, this work explores women’s journeys in and out of Waking Life and Dream Worlds. Taking inspiration from stories of women’s travels and their transitions in and out of their ‘nests’, this interdisciplinary work weaves threads of women’s experiences finding their way in a world of chaos. The work seeks to explore ideas of choice; what gets left behind when moving from one place to another in search of happiness, comfort, and safety. This leaving behind pieces of oneself has consequences. What happens when we try to put the pieces back together? How do we make adjustments to the course and finally build our nest? What goes into it’s weaving and what stays left behind?
Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone is currently in development for premiere May 7th, 2017 at the Vancity Culture Lab / The Cultch as presented by New Works / Dance AllSorts.
2017 residency at Studio 303 Montreal, QC Studio 303 REMIX
2017 residency at The Dance Centre – Dance Lab with Anne Riley DanceLab Studio Showing
Olivia C. Davies / choreographer, performer
Rosemary Georgeson / storyweaver, inside eye
Emily Long / collaborator, aerial dancer
Anne Riley / outside eye, research and development
Starr Muranko / artistic mentor
Alejandro Ronceria / dramaturge “Finding Her Feet”
Aurelie Pedron / dramaturge /remixer “Finding Her Feet”
Michael Red / original score
Peter Quesnel / set design
Main Collaborators Bios
Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene) has worked on community-engaged and community play projects including as an associate artist with Vancouver Moving Theatre in a number of roles: as story contributor and community worker on In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play (2003); as co-writer and peer worker We’re All in this Together, a giant screen shadow play on addiction and recovery; as co-writer and coordinator Storyweaving (created in partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center. She has been a First Nation’s community liaison with Urban Ink Productions. For the latter, she was project leader for the Williams Lake A Community Remembers: a collaborative communities play from an Aboriginal perspective (urban ink productions/ Twin Fish Theatre Collective). Rosemary was recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist (Community Arts) and the 2015 Vancouver Public Library Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence.
Emily Long is founding member of Subscura Collective. She has developed numerous works with the Collective as an aerial hoop artist who captivates audiences with her athleticism and grace. She shares her love of movement with young movers in the school system and also teaches yoga and hip-hop dance.
Anne Riley is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. Riley is Cree and Dene from Fort Nelson First Nation, and received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She has exhibited both in the United States and Canada.