This is the second in a series of blog posts through the Fall where I will share my creative experiences in Vancouver (September) and Winnipeg (November). 

Senior artists Helen Walkley and Paras Terezakis, and dancer Hilary Maxwell (formerly of Calgary), were among those present for Yvonne Chartrand’s showing at Vancouver’s Dance Centre this week. The showing was the culmination of five days of a creative process where I was the outside eye for choreographer Yvonne Chartrand (Compaigni V’ni Dansi), working on a piece tentatively titled Eagle Dancer. The dancers Eloi Homier and Julia Carr are pictured above.

Here is part of what Yvonne, Paras, and I discussed after the showing:

Davida Monk:  How did the showing go for you Yvonne?

Yvonne Chartrand:  I thought it went really well.  I got some ideas of how to move forward with the piece, how to go deeper into the work, and how important it is to address movement qualities with the dancers.  For example, Helen’s observations about the dancers’ feet and the relationship of their feet to their centres, and their use of breath.

DM:  Do you think these sketched ideas communicated?

YC:  Yes, I got confirmation from the feedback that people were intrigued by what they saw.  And it was great because they connected with different points in the choreography that meant a lot to me.

Paras Terezakis:  Yes, I thought the timing of certain images gave a real depth to the feelings.  Things did not read as an effect, but as something real.

Read the first post in this series “What Do We Have in Common?” here.