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FIREHORSE & SHADOW
An interactive web performance
02 - 12 - 2021
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Animal Sign: Yang Fire Horse 🐴
"For me Firehorse and Shadow is an intimate, embodied witnessing of patterns, beliefs, behaviours, and bold choices lived by the women in my family, specifically my Grandmother Lin Chin, her mother New Lee, and my mom Beverly Nann, and me. The actions of reanimating a cycle of lived and felt experiences invites me to arrive closer to my true self. Closer to the trueness of who I am, and who we each are as individuals."
Dance artist Andrea Nann is joined by shadow puppeteer and theatre artist, Annie Katsura Rollins, in this new experiential interactive web performance that collaboratively investigates what binds and holds family members together, and ultimately what frees and heals the family line.
Firehorse and Shadow explores family lineage with a focus on the dualistic yin and yang elements expressed within the bodies, lives and choices of three generations of women. Working against and alongside the hearsay of family stories and Chinese medicine cycles and charts of astrological animal signs, two performers weave together passages of remembering and forgetting, inviting the audience into an intimate reanimation of familial memory.
Firehorse & Shadow was commissioned by CanAsian Dance for its 2020 KickStart program.
The creation of this work was generously supported by the Dance Artist in Residence program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and by National Ballet of Canada's CreativAction Open Space program.