An album of music and poetry

Special Projects


[in]verse is a special project of FFDN, mixing classical music curated and performed by acclaimed Canadian cellist Arlen Hlusko, with poetry recited by FFDN’s community of dancemakers from around the world. The album was released by NY based record label Bright Shiny Things on March 10, 2023. CDs and digital downloads are available to order. Stream the full album on your favourite music streaming platform now.

[in]verse is born from a mutual desire to find meaningful ways to share, create, and connect with others during times of physical isolation, and represents months of dreaming, experimenting, listening, and creating in new and unconventional ways

Originally released as a limited streaming project as part of FFDN's 6th annual festival in September 2020, this expanded 26-track studio album features additional collaborations with Francis Carr (cello), Vicky Chow (piano), and Lun Li (violin) alongside six world premiere compositions and four new readings by international dance artists Mthuthuzeli November (South Africa), Shantala Shivalingappa (India), Sean Dorsey (USA) and Esie Mensah together with Quentin Vercertty (Canada).
The album is available to order now, with options to purchase a limited-edition CD or a digital download. 
“Music, dance and poetry are kindred artforms. They allow us to commune with the human experience in intimate and extraordinary ways. Inspired by the readings of Pablo Neruda’s poetry on the Academy Award winning soundtrack of the 1994 film, Il Postino, we invited dancemakers from around the world to recite a favorite poem and collaborate with Arlen on the musical selections for [in]verse. This gorgeous album is a testament to the fact that, in times of great adversity, great collaborations can be born”.
- Ilter Ibrahimof, FFDN Artist Director

Conceived and Produced by Fall for Dance North
Curated and Performed by Arlen Hlusko, cello

Producers: Arlen HluskoLily SutherlandIlter Ibrahimof

Co-Producer Milana Glumicic

Mastered by Alexander Brusencev

Engineered by: 

Alexander Brusencev [Tracks 1, 3-6, 9, 11, 13, 15-18, 20, 22-23, 25-26]
Drew Schlegel [Tracks 2, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19, 21]
Nolan Thies [Track 8]

Featured Artists

Arlen Hlusko

Curator & Lead Cellist

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Vicky Chow


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Lun Li


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Francis Carr


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Dancemakers Who Lent Their Voices to the Album

Peggy Baker
Reads "For Terrill" by Patricia Beatty

Mthuthuzeli November
Reads "Blue Head" by Asisipho Malunga

Margaret Grenier
Reads "Grace" by Joy Harjo

Sean Dorsey
Reads "History", excerpted from Sean Dorsey Dance's "Uncovered: The Diary Project"

Emma Portner
Reads "The Moon is Trans" by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

Rhodnie Desir
Reads "Ain't You Scared of the Sacred?: A Spiritual" by George Elliott Clarke

Michael Greyeyes
Reads "Last Quarter Song" by Daniel David Moses

Shantala Shivalingappa
Reads "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud" by William Wordsworth

Victor Quijada
Reads "Siddhartha" (excerpt) by Hermann Hesse

Anne Plamondon
Reads "Siddhartha" (excerpt) by Hermann Hesse

Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya
Reads "Romance Sonámbula" by Federico Garcia Lorca

Esie Mensah
Reads "Affirmations of Growth of the Everyday Star" by Quentin VerCertty

Quentin VerCertty
Reads "Affirmations of Growth of the Everyday Star" by Quentin VerCertty

For full list of composers and poets featured on [in]verse please see Track List.