move and tell. a summer dance video journal

I’ve been dancing in parks in the summer for years. This summer, from 15 second outdoor studio practice clips to slightly longer edited movement videos, I document my dances in the city. The videos are compiled on the website moveandtell.com

This is a low fi, diy project in real time development – as in ‘in development’ ‘over time’. It is a video journal of sorts. The dances are often spontaneous and always improvised. The videos are shot exclusively on cell phones and largely edited on them too. If you would be so inclined to grace me with a dance in an outdoor public location (non dancers welcome) or suggest music (music to dance to is welcome, but only public domain/permissioned music will be used in final videos) please message me at nita.bowerman@gmail.com.

The following video can be found at moveandtell.com

danced, filmed & edited by Nita
song: 1MD by Holy Fuck https://www.facebook.com/holyf?fref=ts

Demostage @ rEvolver Fest Thurs, May 21st

demostage lightbulbs

Software developers get together in bars to demo their programs at various points in their process… why can’t artists?

A couple years ago, Dustin Harvey (Secret Theatre, Halifax) became interested in how works emerge from a beginning idea to a point of public presentation. As a way for him to indulge that curiosity, he started these events called Demostage, which give people opportunities to show some of what they are working on at different stages of their development.

We loved this idea so much we’re bringing Demostage to Vancouver! And it’s FREE!

Who’s involved:

A Wake of Vultures (Sean Marshall Jr., Conor Wylie, Nancy Tam, and Daniel O’Shea)
Derek Chan (rice & beans)
Nita Bowerman
Derek Simons (Art Space Action)
Pedro Chamale (rice & beans)

The artists get a chance to communicate ideas, receive feedback, and maybe connect with people who can help out. And the best thing is that YOU get to be a vital part of that process!

So grab a drink and a seat and get a peak into what these incredible artists are working on… and the questions and curiosities they have for you!

Demostage is one of our first events at the festival: at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 21 in The Founder’s Lounge at The Cultch

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445178032448607/
Wesite: http://www.upintheairtheatre.com/demostage-vancouver

Testimony @ JUDITH FAIR

Testimony, by Miranda Huba.
directed by Brette Little
performed by Nita Bowerman

rehearsal still:
testimony rehearsal pic

See the full piece and much more at JUDITH FAIR
A Cabaret in Celebration of Women Writers, Actors, Directors, Dancers and Musicians

When: May 10 & 11
Doors: 7:30pm (show starts around 8pm)
Where: Performance Works, Granville Island
Tickets: $20 at http://judithfair.brownpapertickets.com/
and at the door (cash only). CASH BAR on premises.

Judith Fair is cabaret night celebrating women in the performing arts. With over 30 professional artists involved and 11 short acts that range from comedy to drama to dance and music – this is a true variety night.

Testimony @ JUDITH FAIR May 10 & 11 @ Performance Works

Judith Fair poster 2

A Cabaret in Celebration of Women Writers, Actors, Directors, Dancers and Musicians

When: May 10 & 11
Doors: 7:30pm (show starts around 8pm)
Where: Performance Works, Granville Island
Tickets: $20 at http://judithfair.brownpapertickets.com/
and at the door (cash only). CASH BAR on premises.

Judith Fair is cabaret night celebrating women in the performing arts. With over 30 professional artists involved and 11 short acts that range from comedy to drama to dance and music – this is a true variety night.

Inspired by the Escape Artists’ Miss Shakespeare Project and the Equity in Theatre movement, Judith Fair seeks to create an entertaining, inspiring evening that gives voice to some fantastic female artists in Vancouver. There will be a CASH BAR in the cabaret and we will be performing on the set of Miss Shakespeare and J Caesar.

Judith Fair is curated and produced by Marisa Smith in consultation with Tracey Power. Performance space is generously donated by the Escape Artists (www.escapeartists.ca).

The Line Up:
Lauren Bowler
Stephania Indelicato
Corina Akeson
Manami Hara
Leanna Brodie
Hannah Moscovitch
Mindy Parfitt
Amber Funk Barton
Tracey Power
Marisa Smith
Susan Miyagishima
Mishelle Cuttler
Tanille Geib
Elizabeth Kirkland
Monice Peters
Carissa Morisson
Nita Bowerman
Brette Little
Miranda Huba
Kayla Deorksen
Sandra Ferens
Victoria Lyons
Tiki Mulvihill
Monique Bourgeois
Genevieve Fleming
Morgan Brayton
Rachel Cairns
Barbara Tomasic
Tricia Collins
Lori Lozinski
Nneka Croal

Nicole Dextras’ pomegranate shoot

Can you believe I got to wear this?

Nicole Dextras' pomegranate shoot

Persephone gazes at an effigy of herself running through the fields.

concept, design, construction & photography by Nicole Dextras
http://nicoledextras.com/
Nicole on facebook

Jacket made from pomegranate peels, thorns, white mushrooms, fish mah and pomelo peel. The skirt is made from chinese dates strung with wool.
Pomegranate Fruit Leather Boots!

Read more about Nicole’s work in this Ignite article:
Botanical Fashion: Nicole Dextras’ Amazing Weedrobes

make-up: Keith Murray
lights: Jordi Sancho
shoot assistant: Evgenia Pankeeva
model: Nita Bowerman

Behind the scenes:
pomegranate behind the scenes 1
pomegranate behind the scenes 2

a thank-you to my collaborators

A thank-you to my collaborators past, present and future.

I have been ruminating on the question:

“What do you enjoy about collaborative process?”

I can get wrapped up in my interior world, spending long periods of time comfortably alone. Much of the work I create is solo, partly because of my desire to give a hand at everything and partly because I won’t ask an artist to collaborate with me unless I can pay them. This said, one of my greatest loves in life is to enter into a studio with other artists. Collaborative work encourages me – demands of me – that I am present in my relationships. It allows me to imagine, if not embody, alternative perspectives. It is always a negotiation. It requires accountability and generosity. It reminds me to find a balance between rigor and play and to ride the wave of exchanging energies. In many ways I feel that I have found myself through the ensemble work I have engaged in. For years I felt ever the outsider and created a myth around my existence that made me feel very alone. Through collaborating intimately with other artists, being privy to their fears and sorrows and joys, I began to recognize my common humanity. Shortcomings that I thought were mine alone took on a human significance and I began to begin to forgive myself for being human. I also began to touch beauty, to experience both the vulnerability and resiliency of my collaborators, and by extension to understand that I too was beautiful. I feel like this is part of the process of growing up, but, I think, it can only be understood in relationship, in community. In recent years I have been becoming increasingly aware of how limited my experience of the world is. It is awakening in me a desire to seek opportunities away from my creative home of Vancouver. I have a hunger to work with artists from around the globe with various living and art-making practices. Collaborative processes can blow apart notions about what one thinks they know. They can move an artist beyond the habitual by presenting alternative methodologies. Each collaborative experience is different depending on the unique individuals who comprise it and the needs of the creative endeavor. This is one of the joys of embarking on a new collaborative process. One can never fully know what to expect. We must embrace the mystery to unleash the potential. We can prepare, but at the end of the day we must surrender and trust.