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Posted on August 24, 2015 in Artists-in-Residence
A Canada-Italy dance-theatre collaboration

Silvia Gribaudi and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance and one of The Dance Centre’s artists-in-residence this season, introduces the new work she is creating in collaboration with Italy’s Silvia Gribaudi:

Back in 2012, when my son was not yet 1, we were fortunate to be invited to perform my solo bANGER at Dance Base in Edinburgh during the mammoth Fringe Festival. While there, another dance-theatre artist, Silvia Gribaudi, was also performing her solo A CORPO LIBERO. Silvia's solo was perhaps the funniest 20 minutes I've ever experienced, in addition to being delightfully subversive. I wasted no time and asked her if she'd be interested in exploring the idea of collaborating on a project. I didn't know what or how, but I knew I wanted to get to know this incredibly unique and inspiring artist. In 2013 I received a research grant to bring Silvia to Vancouver to "play" for two weeks. It didn't take long for us to decide that we wanted to make a duet together. We are very similar in many ways and also very different. The perfect combination of familiar and challenging. We both love to make "funny", poignant, feminist, genre-bending work and we both have a strong community creation practice that feeds our methods.

Fast-forward and a lot of grant writing later. She is here! Thanks to Dance Victoria's Chrystal Dance prize. We spent the first two weeks of August in residence at Dance Victoria, living and working together. Intense and amazing, and Silvia has a great capacity for the realities of working with an artist who travels with her family (it's like a moving 1970's art community). As we prepare for our second and last week of residence at Scotiabank Dance Centre I'm getting a bit verklempt thinking about Silvia going home. It's been so special to be creating with such a like-minded person who also forces me beyond my comfort levels, and we laugh a lot!

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Silvia Gribaudi

The research/creation we've been circling involves ideas of mirror neurones, parallel pathways, the populations within the individual, language and understanding, support, and notions of culture. We will open the studio to share some of the work we've been doing on Thursday August 27th at 5pm in the Faris Family Studio as the finale to our residency at the Dance Centre. We plan to continue creating when we meet in Italy in 2016 and premiere the full-length duet in 2017 in Canada and Italy.


Studio showing with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Silvia Gribaudi
Thursday August 27, 2015 at 5pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Photos: top - courtesy of the artists; bottom - Arthur Meads.


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