Spasticus (2014; 20 min)
Choreography: Liz Winkelaar with collaboration with all the dancers. Music: Ian Dury
Created as part of the Emerging Choreographers Program. Premiered at Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) March 2014.
Propeller gives Ian Dury’s irreverent ‘spastic’ anthem legs and wheels in this anarchic, joyous, dark, sexy, funny, and explosive rocking tribute to the man and his cause – a new civil rights movement. Chains are forged and shaken off, bodies find movement, spirits soar, and the oppressed rise up, proudly declaring, “I am Spasticus!”
Flesh and Spokes (2015; 30 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter, in collaboration with the dancers. Music: Jesse Stewart. Costumes: Rebecca Rowe. Lighting: Darryl Bennett
Presented by GCTC in association with Ontario Scenes at GCTC, May 8-9, 2015.
Exploring equality, beauty and power, the pillars of Soutter’s choreographic process, emotions and the body are mined to reveal limitations. They are what makes us human. We all have them and the dancers flow through movement explorations of curiosity, resistance and acceptance to crack open change. An abstract circular landscape that breeds interconnectedness weaves shapes, patterns and human need into a powerful dance work that shakes perceptions down and opens hearts to celebrate our shared differences. Original sound score composed and performed by Jesse Stewart – the first composition ever created for and on a wheelchair.
Watch an excerpt of this piece on Propeller’s YouTube channel:
Samuel Blais-Gauthier of TFO 24.7 produced a great piece on Propeller in May 2015 called “Propeller Dance : de la danse sans limite” (dance without limits):