Flowers (1987)


A thirty minute work performed at the 1987 Powell Street Festival with nine dancers and three taiko percussionists and again at the Hornby Island Midsummer Festival with four dancers and one guitar/saxophone player (Paul Haggis). Essentially a structured improvisation with specific movement motifs that each dancer is required to explore for a set minimum of repetitions before moving to the next. The movements explore vibrational exhortations that develop in wave like fashion and emerge in a cathartic context when coupled with motivating mental pictures and impossible movement instructions (e.g., dancers are told to imagine a blinding white light that wipes out one’s mind and to move without any muscles).