Olivia Shaffer: Senescence
Kelly McInnes: Blue Space
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 | 2:00 p.m
The Annex, 823 Seymour Street
A mixed-program of contemporary dance featuring new creations by local choreographer and dancers, Olivia Shaffer and Kelly McInnes.
Tickets: Sliding scale $8 – $18 – $28
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Senescence is a personal reflection into Olivia Shaffer’s care-giving journey, through her father’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Using movement and text, in collaboration with sound designer Alex Mah, Senescence offers the audience a ceremonial performance, highlighting triumphs and heartaches in a collective embrace of our unavoidable impermanence.
senescence (/sɪˈnɛsəns/): biological aging; the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics that occurs in the mind and body.
Blue Space is a solo created and performed by Kelly McInnes. It is an exploration of our intrinsic connection to the world and our behaviour that harms it.
Blue Space is a reflection and an experiment. Blue Space is all shades of blue. It is a plea, a celebration and a mourning. Blue Space is hope, action, confusion, grief. It is remembering and healing. Blue Space is about water. It is about life. It is about oceans within oceans. Blue Space is wet, moist, dripping. Blue Space is you.
New Works gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that this event takes place on the ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
Images: Olivia Shaffer, Senescence, photo Ivonne Chew. Kelly McInnes, Blue Space, photo Sophia Wolfe.