Verkörperung, German for ‘expressing embodiment’, encompasses the crux of the two dance films presented in this double bill by Tracey Norman and Angela Blumberg. Originally scheduled for a live performance at The Citadel in 2020, the pandemic required a digital adaptation of the two works, and Verkörperung will now run from November 4 – 7 as part of DanceWorks CoWorks online performance series.
Tracey Norman’s ensemble piece Where We Intersect is a dance film that shines light on the points at which we meet and overlap with others, art, nature, and urban structures. With an intergenerational cast of seven dancers set against a backdrop of where nature and city meet, the film invites the viewer to reimagine similarities to each other and our landscapes. The film features an original score by Gregory Reid and performers Phylicia Browne-Charles, Irvin Chow, Justine Comfort, Jesse Dell, Rufi Oswaldo, Julia Sasso and Denise Solleza.
Angela Blumberg’s Portrait 2020 is a multimedia film that draws, dances, and vocalizes the past year’s experiences. The film’s collection of subjective impressions overlaps with the collective experience of sacrifice, uncertainty, and constant change. In former times, tragic events such as the pandemic would have been the fabric for fables, mythological characters, and wrathful gods. Today, we are past such superstitious beliefs and yet tragedy continues to strike and challenge human behaviour. Is it time to reinstate Goddess Fortuna and try to win her favour through sacrificial performances?
Verkörperung runs November 4, 2021 – November 7, 2021. Tickets can be purchased HERE.