Image: Sam Mason

Friday Dinner

Tomoyo Yamada's MFA Project
November 27 – December 4, 2020 | Vimeo

Please join us for Tomoyo Yamada's MFA project, Friday Dinner, streaming FREE on SCA's Vimeo account from November 27 (starting at 7:00 PM PST) to December 4, 2020.


Friday Dinner is a choreographic compilation of everyday gestural movement and those found in codified dance forms. Using videotaped footage of dancers enjoying dinner, exchanging casual conversations and sharing childhood memories, we extracted natural gestural movement from the dancer’s bodies. These idiosyncratic gestures were then layered with dynamic, refined, and established dance movement often found in dance institutions and academia. Heavily relying on recorded dinner settings and interviews, the work unravels a complexity of movement and virtuosity of presence, highlighting the aesthetics of both trained and natural human movement and offering potential hybrids between these forms for contemporary performance.

Created by Tomoyo Yamada

Performers: Shion Skye Carter, Anja Graham, Kevin Locsin, Charlotte Telfer-Wan, and Brian Postalian

Sound: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi
Lighting: Hans Hsieh and Claudia Chan
Videography: Sam Mason and Bianca Cheung
Costumes: Meagan Woods

Special Thanks: Brian Palaschuk, Judith Garay, and Rob Kitsos

Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University.

This work will be presented and has been developed on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

December 04, 2020