In The Believer, a magazine I picked up at the Emily Carr library…


moved to move words

Intensity of Human
Back screaming.
Hesitant to touch.
Sharply detached.
Present overflowing.
Shattering electric room.
Rumbling insides.
At the brink.
Crash or sore.
Love hard or not at all.
Rising chest.
Shaking body.

Impressions lasting.
Tender and shocking.

Bring out my child.

Describe a fucking intense experience.
In the dark.

break trunk
human punctuation
words fragments

If We Were Birds, by Erin Shields

Recipient of a 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award.

Play Description:
When King Pandion marries his daughter Procne off to war hero King Tereus, she must leave her beloved sister Philomela behind. After years of isolation in a foreign land, Procne begs Tereus to collect her sister for a visit. When confronted with Philomela’s beauty, Tereus’s desire triumphs over reason, igniting a chain of horrific events. A harrowing exploration of violence and revenge, this adaptation features a chorus of ravaged women, each a survivor of a 20th Century conflict: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nanking, and Berlin.

This powerhouse of a play about the sexual politics of war is shocking and brutal, yet beautifully crafted in the style of a greek tragedy. Reading it off the page was a visceral and full body experience. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see it in a theatre or come to life in another setting that speaks to the world of the play.

I admit that although I consider myself an actor, it’s not often that I read a play and feel an overwhelming desire to perform in it. This play joins my list of dream plays in which I would love to fully immerse and give of myself.
It grabs the gut and it doesn’t let go.

link to Playwrights Canada Press

post PuSh Gala

The Push Gala was a blast!  Congratulations Sara Bynoe for setting the scene for a pulsing party to kick off the Push Festival with
excitement and anticipation.

Here’s a video compilation of the Gala.
filmed by Jesse Toso
edited by Angie Descalzi.

What are you most excited about at PuSh?

 link to the PuSh blog

Link to Centre A Blog’s post by Stacey Ho on the PuSh Gala here

free-form dance at the PuSh Gala

Tonight’s the night The PuSh Festival officially opens.

To kick it all off come to the PuSh Gala at The Waldorf Hotel
DJs, live bands and entertainment, and more.
Doors at 9:30pm
Tickets $10

I’ll be dancing at the top of the night. Come early and find your way downstairs to the Hideaway Room. With inspirations given and taken from the show Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech by chelfitsch (Tokyo, Japan), this half hour dance is a free-form improvisation to a spliced Stereolab soundtrack.

Things might turn slightly strange when Stereolab morphs in collaboration with Nurse With Wound.  But it’s a party and all is well that ends well.

Get ready to mix and mingle!

another Nicole Dextras original

A wonderful and wild photo and video shoot was had on Friday 13th.

The creative concept, construction and styling was by Nicole Dextras, who always amazes me with her ability to out perform herself every time I work with her.

The entire outfit is made from natural materials. Cranberry dress, boots made from Birch bark, headpiece has wasp’s nest and honeycombs and collar made from Chinese Lanterns. Wear it and compost it! — ND –

makeup by April Beer
photo shoot collaboration by Jordi Sancho
videography by Michael Sider

photo by Nicole Dextras
modeling by Nita Bowerman

More photos here.

dancing into a new year

With many thanks to PuSh Festival Manager of Recognition and Special Events, Sara Bynoe, I will be dancing at the PuSh Gala on January 17th at the Waldorf Hotel. More details at a later date. In the meantime, here’s a link to this groundbreaking and boundary pushing theatre festival, the PuSh Festival. I’m also volunteering with the festival and planning to observe/participate in as many of the Assembly events and Attacks Labs as possible. So much on offer!

You can check out my newest dance videos here.  I’m not saying these are the dances you will get at the PuSh Gala…I’ve got a lot of different dances in me