(i·m)position by Laura June, Gillian Cofsky, Naomi Joy and Amber Eastman
August 13 – 15, 18, 20, 21 at Venue #1: Westbury Theatre
More information: luciterradance.com
An interview with Naomi Joy, Gillian Cofsky, Laura June and Amber Eastman.
Describe your show in five words.
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description?
(i.m)position is a theatrical dance show with a cast of 9 dancers traveling from Vancouver. The show has a barreling narrative; it’s a modern-day universal tale of how we as humans try to find each other, find love, and find belonging. It’s really high energy, with a mix of full ensemble crowd-pleasing numbers contrasted with intimate character moments of personal discovery and growth. The movement style is very much our own; a mix of the various genres that each of us has studied over the years.
How did Luciterra Dance Company go about creating (i·m)position?
We think this is one of the most interesting things about Luciterra – we have an unconventional approach to creating our work. What that means in regards to how we made (i.m)position is that we have 4 equal artistic directors and choreographers. This is like having 4 full-time parents in a family, which in results the children being very loved, multi-faceted, and hopefully a bit quirky. So basically, this show is our baby.
I love the quote from Laura June that you included in your media release: “The way we dance is pro-body, meaning it doesn’t deny the body its natural shape or body mechanics.” Can you explain a bit more about your dance style and how it is “pro-body”?
Firstly, we love that you asked this question. We’ve studied a lot of different kinds of dance which is a big part of what makes our style so unique. One of the dances that we’ve studied in great detail is bellydance, and what we do isn’t bellydance but there are a lot of beautiful things about it that we continue to incorporate; such as physical safety, a philosophy of loving the curves of the female form, and celebrating the process of maturing as dancers. In a lot of dance styles from around the world dancers end their careers in their mid-20s, whereas in many bellydance communities there is a beautiful tradition of honouring maturity. We have also studied a style of classical Indian dance in which the older the dancers are the more respect they get and we think that is a beautiful and valuable concept to hold onto. So while what we do is not bellydance, we strive to retain these philosophies. In particular, in our rehearsal process the goal is to move in a way that allows for longevity and that respects the dancers natural form and body shape, rather than forcing the movement or shaming bodies for not looking identical to each other.
Can you explain the meaning of your show’s title, (i·m)position?
The title is simultaneously I am position and imposition. ‘I am position’ explores the positions we have in our bodies as dancers, the shapes we make and the feelings they elicit. But it also refers to our positions in the world; how we are placed in society and what that says about us; our body language and how that conveys meaning to others and how others then infer meaning from our postures to make judgements about who we are. The other way of interpreting the title is ‘Imposition’ which is about imposing – the power we impose on each other and the power that societal structures impose on each of us.
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
This is our company’s first show in Edmonton, and our first production in a Fringe Festival, and we could not be more excited!
The 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 11 – 21. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.