Standing Room Only
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30pm MERIDIAN HALL Lower Lobby Pre-Show Talk: International Touring
There must be over 200 folks in this room! All the seats are taken.
It’s standing-room only in the Lower Lobby of the Meridian Hall, and people continue to arrive. Wow, I’ve never seen this space as full for a pre-show talk at Fall for Dance North.
Moderated by Cathy Levy, long-time dance presenter for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the panel includes performer/choreographers Madeleine Månsson and Peder Nilsson (Skånes Dansteater), Executive Producer Michelle Deslandes and Artistic Director Rodrigo Pederneira (Grupo Corpo), Artistic Director Shona McCullough (The New Zealand Dance Company), and performer/choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa.
The artists share their experiences around touring internationally, commenting on challenges – including, for Madeleine, accessibility in theatre spaces that are often not built for performers who use wheelchairs; and, for the New Zealand Dance Theatre, simply jet lag (which makes me laugh thinking about my earlier experiences of time delay). They also speak about the rewards of travel and various insights gained about their work when presented in different cultural contexts. Having moderated many of these talks in the past, I am reminded of how much I enjoy hearing the artists speaking frankly about their work and experiences. It brings another level of connection for me when I then watch their works on stage – like I know the person behind the work a little. I wonder if that happens for you too?