Firstly we want to give you a trigger warning. Some of the material covered deals with World War Two. In some scenes there is the sound of bombs and gunfire layered over the music. There is also a scene with flashing lights and a scene in which the music becomes chaotic.
The show is 50 minutes long and is open captioned.
The film is well put together archival footage. As such please do not expect dance film-quality production values.
HOW TO ACCESS THE FILM
We want to make access as easy as possible and so we are providing two options for viewing.
1) YouTube Stream option on Sunday, May 24, 2020 – 10:00 am
Watch Party Streaming Link:
2) Vimeo Option Vimeo
The link that will be active until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
This lets you watch it on your own time. This allows those that find content overwhelming or trigging to watch in chunks as they can. Also if something goes wrong with the streaming you can always switch to the Vimeo link or even choose to do the scheduled Watch Party using the Vimeo link.
POST MEET THE ARTISTS CHAT
11:00 to 11:30 pm Meet the Artists After Discussion
Zoom Link is provided for those that register at https://threadboundvideo.eventzilla.net/
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Dancers and Co-creators: Suzanne Liska and Kathleen Rea
Lighting and dramaturge: Tristan Whiston
Movement coach: Maxine Heppner
Stage Management: Michael Haltrecht
We pass on biological information to our children. Stress, trauma, and malnutrition modify our genes, sending chemical signals turning them on or off. This changes the way we see, feel, taste, and hear and deal with stress through up to five generations, getting less and less until the effect fades. The imprint of our elders and all they experienced before we were born lives inside us.
As a creator and dancer in 'Thread Bound", Suzanne explores the impact of the forced internment of her Japanese Canadian family during World War Two. Kathleen explores her family’s Eastern European World War Two experience. Both Kathleen and Suzanne have been engaged in the life-long project of inhabiting these stories to better understand their impact. "Thread Bound" is the culmination of this process. Both artists are bound together in the search for these thin yet powerful threads. "Thread Bound" brings these stories and the imprint they still have on us into the public consciousness.
SUZANNE LISKA (Performer and Co-creator) is a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher with a B.A., B.Ed, and a SSHRC funded MFA in Choreography. She has choreographed and danced in works for Canadian KickStart, DanceWorks CoWorks, Dusk Dances, and Dance Matters, receiving grants and awards through York University, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Her upcoming projects include co-creations with Takako Segawa and Heidi Chan. Suzanne has taught workshops for Collective Gulp in Ottawa, CCDC in Calgary, CINN in Tokyo, and Leviathan studio in BC and in Toronto for Randolph Performing Arts College, Ryerson University, George Brown and Humber College. She is a contract faculty in York University’s Dance department. www.suzanneliska.com
KATHLEEN REA (Performer and Co-creator) danced with Canada's Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for five DORA awards. Her film Lapinthrope, won the Gold Award at the Festival Der Nationen (Austria). Kathleen is also a co-recipient of a K. M. Hunter Choreographic Award. Kathleen is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts. She is a candidate teacher of the Axis Syllabus. Kathleen is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions, which produces both the Wednesday Dance Jam and the Contact Dance International Film Festival.
TRISTAN R. WHISTON (Dramaturge and Lighting) is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 25 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. Tristan has written and directed five audio documentaries for CBC; most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. As the Artist-in-Residence at Central Toronto Youth Services (2004 to 2010), Tristan directed Gender Play, a theatre project working with LGBTQ youth exploring experiences of gender identity. Tristan recently collaborated with Moynan King on an integrated art and sound performance piece called trace, which toured Canada in 2015. In 2016, Tristantraveled to England where he was dramaturge and performer on Hush, a new musical written by Alex Bulmer which was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
MAXINE HEPPNER (Dance Coach), dance & inter-medial artist, mentor of the choreographic process for over 40 years, Toronto-based since 1970s, known for bold projects in Canada & worldwide, with companies, festivals, studios, academies, urban streets, rural villages, ranging from intimate chamber pieces to grand site-specific ensemble works, such as KRIMA! for 150 performers (Toronto’s top 10 dance shows 2009). Her practice is deeply connected in cutting edge contemporary arts of East Asia since 1989 through extended residencies continuing to today. Honours include recognitions worldwide, including commissions by 2004 Olympics, 2006 European Cities of Culture, Chalmers Senior Arts Fellowship, Japan Foundation award for international intermedial collaboration, 3 Toronto Dora awards. Artistic Director, Across Oceans Arts, Maxine facilitates the unique choreographer's exchange “Choreographic Marathon” & platforms for deep research in creative process within dance & across disciplines.
REAson d'etre dance productions is a not-for-profit, charitable dance company founded in 1999 by Kathleen Rea. Its mandate is to teach and inspire people about contact dance improvisation, dance/theatre, and the axis syllabus through the creation and production of classes, workshops, dance jams, performances and festivals that explore current themes in a manner that enables people to benefit from the enlivening powers of expression through movement. www.reasondetre.com
The creative phase - Toronto Arts Council. REAson d’etre dance production also currently receives operation funding from the Toronto Arts Council.