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Navigating Home: The NL Dance Project Christopher House Process

October 5, 2019

Saturday, October 5th

This thirty-minute performance work was created in the summers of 2017 and 2018 at The

Gathering Place in St. John’s, NL. Its processes borrow from and build on my work with post-modern icon Deborah Hay. I chose to work this way to celebrate the open spirit and sense of adventure embodied in the NL Dance group.


Seventeen performers enter into a playful choreographic score, navigating and negotiating a sequence of events designed to foreground liveness through their skill with time, space, counterpoint, collective decision-making and paradox. They move forward with multiple virtuosities: being attentive to every member of the group in each passing moment while tracking their own experience; leading and following at the same time; shortening the space between impulse and action; and avoiding advance planning. Their movement is invented anew in each performance in response to what emerges. Their touch remains light. The score remains the same yet continues to evolve. C.H.


October 5, 2019