Summer Reel: Breath Taking by Phyllis Whyte and Sherry LeBlanc

Breath Taking explores the many facets of breathing. Taking deep breaths to dissuade the spectre of anxiety, depression and loneliness, the terrifying inability to breathe, taking a last breath, and the breathtaking beauty of nature that gives us solace in times of distress and deep sorrow.

Breath Taking was inspired by the pandemic when breathing became a conscious act.  It also laid-bare the statutory neglect and negligence of older citizens who are warehoused in long term care.

Sherry LeBlanc, HBSc, C-IAYT is the Director of Yoga 4 Kids, a certified yoga therapist and teacher trainer for Yoga for the Special Child®. She was a modern dancer and choreographer in Vancouver and Toronto in the 1970s and80s. She continues to be intrigued by all facets of movement and its potential to change our perception.

Phyllis Whyte has been a Toronto dancer, choreographer and teacher since 1974, and since 2000, a dance filmmaker. She is currently creating with Tom Brouillette, is involved with Karen Kaeja in Moving Connections and Touch X, and does much collaborating on Zoom that includes teaching Improvisation for ballet students in Japan. The Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax recently presented Tribute/Promise a dance film directed by Laurence Siegel, choreographed by Ms. Whyte.

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