SCA presents The Fall Collection this week, opening on Wednesday, November 20 at 8 PM at the Fei & Milton Experimental Theatre. Daisy Thompson graduated this year with a MFA in Dance. She was invited back as a guest choreographer to participate in The Fall Collection.
Posted on 18 Nov 2013 in
- Dance grad Daisy Thompson returns as guest choreographer
Her piece, As We Rush to Be, will be part of The Fall Collection
We talked to Daisy about recent projects and her return to SCA.
What have you been working on since graduating?
I finished at the end of this September, and have actually been quite busy. I have been collaborating with filmmaker Rheanna Toy, in the making of a short trailer of my last piece, Re-marks on Source Material, as well as preparing for an installation that I made called Play Role for the Art for !mpact event in December. I am also co-authoring a paper with University of Victoria professor Dr. Rita Dharmoon as part of Project Barca led by SFU professor Dr. Henry Daniel.
The piece you have choreographed, As We Rush to Be, what was your inspiration?
We began with discussing ideas of frustration, and how this manifests in the body and explored these ideas through task-based exercises. I originally envisaged the piece to be more of a chance for the dancers to really shout, be heard, get things off their chest, so to speak. I think it became more meditative and actually more pent up with still a good few stages before a frustrated explosion.
How has it been returning to work with the students as a guest choreographer?
It has been fantastic, and I really appreciate the opportunity. It's my first time working with so many dancers. With the short time limit I have had to negotiate with my preferred or usual modes of process, it pushes and develops me as an emerging choreographer, and I hope to continue this in many contexts.
What advice do you give students currently at school?
I use the word excavate a lot... to continuously dig deeper in to their bodies and experience. Also, I try to encourage them to be good artists and not good students... there is difference!
What are the next projects that you are working on?
I have plans for a couple of new pieces next year as well as continuing with Re-marks on Source Material, but the next most exciting big project for me and my husband is becoming a parent... and I can't wait.
More info on The Fall Collection