The Collective Body
A transdisciplinary audio/video project that proposes to capture the circumstances of life in isolation during Covid. Created with solo musicians and dancers from across North America, The Collective Body explores the constraints and unique possibilities of digital connection, while serving as a reminder of the deep importance and irreplaceability of shared physical space.
Video and audio compositions gathered in a mesmerizing collage of diverse bodies will be projected on the exterior of The Army and Navy Building on Whyte Ave.
Originally created by Neil Cadger, Aleksandra Dulic, Miles Thorogood, Andrew Stauffer, and Lin Snelling, with more.
Creation for Mile Zero Dance by Neil Cadger and Andrew Stauffer, with dramaturgical support from Lin Snelling.
This Season, MZD has commissioned poets to respond to the work created by dance artists. Thinking about dance through poetry adds a different perspective to the work and opens up conversation between artists in their creative practice.
I do my best to remember my morning stretches. Heel to galaxy. Toes to galaxy. Elbows to galaxy. Fingers to galaxy. Are we all reaching for the universe while rolling over in bed? Flex, point, flex, point, flex, point… to galaxy. You can never get lost if you focus on
Produced by Inner Fish Performance Co.
Neil Cadger is a theatre artist who teaches at UBC Okanagan, in the Department of Creative Studies. He graduated from l’ecole Lecoq in Paris in 1984, and worked as a creator/performer in Europe and North America for 20 years. He continues to create, perform and teach, with recent explorations into the world of virtual toy theatre. He founded the Living Things International Arts Festival in 2017.
Andrew Stauffer (Kelowna, BC) is a percussionist and sound artist from Texas whose work explores community, the translation of ideas between artistic disciplines, and the sonic possibilities of sundry objects. He is a member of Vision Lab Collective, an interdisciplinary experimental arts and research collective based at Harvard University with global collaborators. He holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, where his research focused on the intersection between music and spirituality.