Rachel Meyer +
i. I am a: dancer and choreographer
ii. The name of my upcoming show is: Transverse Orientation.
iii. In describing the show in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:
Transverse Orientation unfolds in the space between two allegories taken from the Moth: the idea of radical transformation as moths undergo metamorphosis, becoming beings that don’t remotely resemble their previous incarnation, and the idea of a mysterious source of distant guidance (or distraction). In travel, Moths find their orientation by keeping a fixed angle on a distant source of light.
iv. When you come to the show, you’ll see:
The emotional complexities of change.
v. My inspiration for this show comes from:
Great transformations….Everything feels new; magical and yet terrifying.
vi. One challenge in developing this show was:
One of these would definitely be the difficult logisitics of creating a suitable performance space in an extremely raw warehouse. This involved constructing a level dance floor that makes use of the great depth of the warehouse, installing a large panel of glass as a set piece, stage lighting, and audience seating. Artistically, this creation was challenging because I needed to confront and represent the full spectrum of emotions involved in change.
vii. My past work includes:
Quartet (March 2017)
Transverse Orientation (premiered July 2018)
my shadows (commission for Ballet Edmonton, March 2019)
viii. I hope people coming to the show leave feeling:
I don’t think it’s the choreographer’s role to try to dictate how people will feel. My role is to create the work, and I hope each person finds something in it that resonates with them, but I do not try to predict or control what that something might be.
ix. After this show, I’m looking forward to:
Spending time with my family and beginning work on a new creation.
Photos: James O’Mara