Crimson Coast Dance

Kimono Path | Threading Side by Side
a film based installation in a field by Genevieve Johnson

Saturday, July 10 10:00pm-10:20pm

Kimono Path | Threading Side by Side

a film based installation in a field by Genevieve Johnson 

Since January 1, 2021, renown Nanaimo dance artist, Genevieve Johnson, offered a Digital Residency through a CCD blog. It has revealed the in-most workings of her artistry and the intersection of her artistic and personal life.  

My practice is about: fragmenting, layering, dancing in between. becoming multiplicity in one. Creating a doubt, a faultline, an opening to dive in.”  ~Genevieve Johnson

As part of this Digital Residency, she worked one on one with 3 local performers; Renee Poisson, Samantha Letourneau and Nicola Jackson.  Each contributed to the fabric of kimono and shared their story on its accompanying film. 

The kimono is made up of square of fabric art, knitted, fabric, crochet, which have been chosen, or made, with thoughtful reflection on a meaningful and specific idea, memory, wish or desire by members of the community where this work tours. The pieces are sewn on by the square contributor becoming a part of a kimono that Genevieve has integrated into a dance work as well.  As the dance or installation travels various communities, it grows by the addition of such sections with each touring stop. Your section becomes a part of a greater whole.

Tickets: $15.00

Geneviève Johnson

Actress and dancer, Geneviève Johnson, meshes dance to theatre, poetry to movement, in her work. Trained in a variety of dance styles, it is through butoh – a Japanese contemporary dance – that this interweaving comes fully to fruition. After completing a bachelor degree in theatre (acting) at University of Quebec in Montreal, she perfected her butoh skills in Japan under the tutelage of Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka and the Dairakudakan group. Since then, she developed her own creative language of poetic dance – Landscape Under Skin Theatre – in a series of solo works and workshops. In 2007, she completed a PhD on the dynamic of “metissage” in theatre and dance performance, using butoh as a base for her reflection. Through her career she worked with companies like La Nef, Pigeons International, Trans-Theatre, Microclimat Theatre as well as directors and choreographers like Larry Tremblay, Martine Beaulne, Holly Bright, Estelle Clareton, Eric Jean.Through her shows and education, Geneviève continues to go into greater depth with her quest to marry poetry to the body in motion. She is regularly teaching Contemporary Creative Dance at Vancouver Island University and is currently teaching Pilates and Corealign at Fine Balance Pilates in Nanaimo.

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