Musagetes and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project co-present Guelph’s 2012 Improvisers-in-Residence Susanna Hood (dance artist, choreographer, singer) and Scott Thomson (trombonist, composer), of Montreal. The culmination of their seven-week residency will be The Share, a dynamic and uncommon dance and music event in Exhibition Park on Saturday afternoon, October 13th, 2012 from 2 PM to 5 PM. In case of rain, the event will take place on October 20th, 2012 from 2 PM to 5 PM.
The Share will feature various collaborations with a cross-section of Guelph’s rich professional music and dance scenes and local amateur singers and dancers. The collaborations will emphasize creative exchanges across generations – parents and young children, grandparents and grandchildren, for example. The participants can be from the same family or from different families, depending on the needs and desires of interested participants. Participants will be invited to work in small intergenerational groups — a grandparent with one or two grandchildren, for example — to share songs or to develop simple choreography with the help of professional musicians or dancers, material that will be performed in casual, informal, and playful ways as but one of many components of The Share. These exchanges will be framed within Scott’s concept of “cartographic composition” that, through its approach to the spatial relationships between performers and audience members, creates an unconventional and family-friendly context in which to experience performance.
The Share is currently looking for volunteers from 1-5 on Saturday, October 13th! We’ll need a Site Coordinator, Stage Manager and a handful of Ambassadors to hand out programs. Please contact Danica for more details if you can help out - email@example.com or 519-836-7300 x103.
Susanna and Scott have been involved in numerous events throughout Guelph – the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium, Guelph’s Nuit Blanche, a KidsAbility Parade Band at the River Run Centre and a creative dance and participatory music event with the Woodshed Orchestra in and around Guelph’s Market Square.
Based in Toronto and Montreal, Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of hum, is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw, and sensual performance work. Most recently Hood was the recipient of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Dance. www.humdansoundart.ca
Scott Thomson is a trombonist and composer who works in Montréal and Toronto. He plays in regular ensembles in many styles, and prizes ad hoc improvising as a way to meet many creative people. He has studied with Roswell Rudd, Jean Derome, Eddie Prévost, and John Oswald. Thomson has composed a series of site-specific works that he calls ‘cartographic compositions’ for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts for which he has had several notable commissions and residencies. www.scottthomson.ca
The Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) Research Project explores musical improvisation as a model for social change. The project plays a leading role in defining a new field of interdisciplinary research to shape political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action. In addition to research activities, ICASP works with community partners on a number of innovative outreach projects. www.improvcommunity.ca