(photo by Craig Chambers)Looking for a visceral experience
feeling lost isn’t the worst thing that could happen
by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
For the past decade, Toronto-based dance artist Tracey Norman has been a driving force in her community, splitting her time between choreographing, teaching, performing and researching dance. Her choreography has been presented across Canada with credits including, DanceWorks, Dance Ontario, Festival de Danse en l’Atlantique, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Kinetic Studio and the Season Finale of Series 8:08. Her work has been described as “refreshing and original” (the Globe and Mail). Currently on faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, Tracey received her MFA in Choreography and Dramaturgy in 2010. She works as an outside eye to several artists, teaches dance at studios, and creative process workshops in public schools. Ms Norman worked for Series 8:08 from 2006-12 as Alternative Technique Class Program Manager and Program Assistant, and served on the board of directors for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2008-11. She recently collaborated in two successful productions: the sold-out run of episodes | andscapes with JDdance and DanceWorks, and no permanent answers with Human Atoms at the Toronto Fringe.
CHARPO: When we decided to cover dance at CharPo, we felt that it was right because the days of having a vocabulary that included the Beauchamp postions and "entrechat" were over - that dance had become more of a visceral experience. Were we wrong?
Jesse Dell and Sky Fairchild-Waller in Tracey Norman's 43N 79W (Photo by Craig Chambers)
|Beth Despres, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Marie France Forcier, |
Brittany Duggan in
Tracey Norman's what goes between
(Photo by Craig Chambers)
Tracy Norman's website