Tonight I had the pleasure of being invited out to the Bata Shoe Museum for the opening night of the newest Anandam Dance Theatre installation.
They created a living and interactive installation entitled Divergent Dances for Windows and Walls.
The experience began on the outside of the museum; from our vantage point on the north side of Bloor we could see four aerial dancers climb and uncoil and slide their way precariously on aerial ropes. My heart skipped a beat more then once watching the performers; one of which was Kevin O’Connor my friend and co-creative facilitator of this 4 day art installation.
As most of the performers moved inside there were still others performing outside, like the flyer said “There is never any specific place to view this installation. Wander freely about the spaces.” Yes, this experience actually came with 7 instructions. I loved this aspect and truly thought the idea of “You will never be in the way-if you always remain sensitive to everyone around you”, was very meaningful.
All I could think when I saw this was #diplo #expressyourself
The artists would contemporary dance in a group, then move in different directions, then some would perform on the aerial ropes, it was a very organic experience to watch grow and freely happen around you.
This patron didn’t know what to do when the performer moved in on her feet
At one point each of us in that room was part of the show, either by coming too close to a dancere who just kept dancing into you, or being asked to aid a performer get to a higher ledge, or when the finale created a giant intertwined, webbed rope living sculture out of volunteers from the crowd.
Do go if you can, the show runs thursday 25th to Saturday 27th. Doors open at 8! Get there early as it will no doubt sell out!
p.s. Truly an experience that brought me joy.