Pre pandemic, January 2020 I had the amazing good fortune and good timing to participate in the Puppet and Mask Intensive at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. At times I felt challenged and out of my depths as most of the participants came from theatre and puppet backgrounds but I brought my experience as a dancer, choreographer, costume and mask maker to the Intensive. It was inspiring to connect and collaborate with so many creative and talented people. I left feeling refuelled and inspired to incorporate new insights, games and exercises into my classes and, to incorporate more elements of puppetry into my dance creations. Precious memories and the potent energy of the mountains will stay with me.
The last live group performance of 2020 was at an International Women's Day event in Courtenay B.C. I also taught a dance workshop at that event to a large, diverse group of women that was well received. It was a great opportunity to try out 'soul mates', a dance game that I was a part of creating at the Banff Intensive. This game works best with a big group.
Arcana Dea dancing 'Vesna' aka Spring
In Spring 2020 all classes, rentals and events and the Abbey were cancelled. As a way to keep dancing and stay connected with my dance sisters, I created this collaborative video project with editing help from Caresse Nadeau.
One Big Skirt, collaborative dance video project