Tomorrow, February 27, at 7:30 pm, Mike Anklewicz and I present the beginnings of a new direction of our work together! I am deeply inspired by a song, based on a verse by Sufi poet Omar Khayam Rubai from his "Rubaiyat". I first heard this as a song six years ago, and have heard several different versions of this song since then, and branching from this inspiration, Mike and I are working on what will be the beginnings of a new project, rooted deeply in Indo-Central Asian aesthetics, and extending to other world dance and music styles.
I keep returning to several elements I learned choreographically during my study, thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Dancers, at the Dicle University State Conservatory Dance Department in Diyarbakir, Turkey under Gönul Özturkman. Over a brief stretch back in Istanbul, I also had incredibly interesting lesson with Timur Mashkadan and Merve Kural from the Istanbul Kafkas Dance Company.
We perform the beginnings of this project together tomorrow, at the Artists Play a Cabaret..The Winter Edition, hosted and curated by Elizabeth Snell, at Artist's Play (401 Logan Avenue, #201) (For more info: www.facebook.com/events/1547938648853415/)