A few unsuspecting Vancouverites found themselves amongst an outdoor dance performance earlier today, as the All Bodies Dance Project performed its piece, En Route, in the outdoor courtyard at SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Commissioned by the Dancing on the Edge Festival to create a piece specific to the site, the project's 15-minute sequence was choreographed by Naomi Brand. She explained to the Straight that the group is "an inclusive dance project for dancers with disabilities and non-disabled dancers."
"As our group is made up of people who are standing dancers and folks who use mobility devices and wheelchairs, we were interested in looking at how different people and different groups traverse space, and all the things that happen en route to somewhere," Brand said.
"This space is really long, and it has a sort of corridor aspect to it, and so we tried to use that in making the work and looking at the choreography of groups, and how we negotiate ourselves in those groups, and all the funny little interactions that happen as we negotiate space."
The group's performance began on one end of the courtyard and progressed to the opposite side, as the dancers interacted with beams, benches, and each other to demonstrate how humans move from one place to the next.
The Dancing on the Edge Festival wraps up this weekend, with performances taking place tonight and tomorrow. The All Bodies Dance Project will perform En Route again tomorrow, at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m.