Q+A: Rosanna Terracciano, Linnea Swan, Amber Borotsik, & Gerry Morita

Rosanna Terracciano // PC: Tim Nguyen

We love a good Q+A, but with Vue Weekly defunct and other mainstream media working on limited space, we took the liberties to do it ourselves. This Q+A asks the performers of Experiment #3 questions ahead of their two shows at Mile Zero Dance on January 11-12. Read on to learn what the performers are currently reading, who they’d like to work with, and more.


Gerry Morita
What are you reading right now?
GM: Right now I am reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What are you listening to right now?
GM: Listening to Metronomy

If you could work with anyone, alive or deceased, who would it be?
GM: I would have loved to work with Tatsumi Hijikata

How would you describe your dance style?
GM: I am not sure how to describe my dance style! It differs from piece to piece quite a lot, but I enjoy dance that moves me. I like imagistic work, and strong musicality (even if dancing to noise), and both weight and flow in the movement.

What attribute do you think you possess that has helped you survive and excel in your profession?
GM: I think that growing up on a farm helped me in dance: the cycle of work is never done, it demands a kind of perseverance, and it is rewarding but not so much financially.


Rosanna Terracciano
If you weren’t a professional dance artist, what other profession (trade, career, business, field, métier, craft, vocation) would you choose?
RT: I wanted to be an architect. After I graduated with my degree in structural engineering, the idea was to continue on to grad school to study architecture. But, I chose to pursue dance over architecture. Who knows, I could be faced with that decision again in some years, and I would maybe choose a different way…

What are you listening to right now?
RT: It feels like I’ve been stuck on a rotation between Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and The Smiths for years now. Other artists creep in, and then I gradually seem to always revert back to this same rotation.

What does a typical day look like for you?
RT: Wake up with anxiety, get through the day fighting that anxiety, go to bed proud of myself for having kicked that anxiety’s butt…I’m kidding. Or am I?

What are you reading right now?
RT: Current books laying around my house, that I’ve either already started or have full intentions to start reading (listed in order of proximity to where I am sitting as I type this): Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, Motherhood by Sheila Heti, and The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen.


Amber Borotsik

What are you reading right now?
AB: I’m reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek but Annie Dillard.   I’m.  Reading. It. So. Slowly. Though.  The writing is beautiful.

What are you listening to right now?
AB: Right now I’m revamping Mile Zero Dance’s Lecture/Demo show for their Outreach Program and so I’m going down the iTunes rabbit hole hunting for cool, kid approved party music and songs about science.

If you weren’t a professional dance artist, what other profession (trade, career, business, field, métier, craft, vocation) would you choose?
AB: If I wasn’t the luckiest human to be here in Edmonton making art I might head up to Yukon to stare out at all the beauty and eventually make more art.


Linnea Swan

How would you describe your dance style?
LS: It’s all over the map really… I incorporate elements of bouffon, theatre, voice and dance – yet this work doesn’t really reflect those influences necessarily – I’ve been challenging myself to see if I can stay within the ‘confines’ of dance (specifically the body) to express something… I generally have a distaste for abstraction, yet am curious to see if I can’t use the elements surrounding the abstract movement to express something concrete…

If you weren’t a professional dance artist, what other profession (trade, career, business, field, métier, craft, vocation) would you choose?
LS: I would love to be a welder, or a woodworker. Unfortunately, I’m terrified of power tools so that will likely never happen….

If you could work with anyone, alive or deceased, who would it be?
I would love to be in a room with Pina Bausch.

What attribute do you think you possess that has helped you survive and excel in your profession?
LS: I’m pretty easy going and am not precious about my vision. I like to work with other people in a way that makes it pleasant for all involved… at least I like to think so.

What are you reading right now?
LS: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. It’s research…

Who would you want to play you in a film?
LS: Oh god. I’ve often been told that I resemble Sigourney Weaver – I personally don’t really think I do any more….

A song that perfectly describes your solo/work/performance/you?
LS: Metal Heart by Cat Power


Mile Zero Dance & ReLoCate presents:
The Experiment #3
8 PM (show)
$10 members
$15 non-members
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