Each and every day, I lose myself in the immediacy of the moment, find myself in the joy of the movement. Each and every day, I learn more and more...and, within that new knowledge, realize that I have so much farther to travel.

Shallom Johnson is a contemporary dance artist, visual artist and freelance writer based in Vancouver BC. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University, and has been active in the Vancouver dance community as a choreographer, performer, and instructor since her graduation in 2004.

Shallom is interested in art in public spaces, site-specific performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community involvement. Her street-based artwork, performance and photography examines and documents who gets to make art, where it gets made, and where/how the creative process and product is viewed. In the future, she hopes to explore this theme further via new media and technologies, new methods of creation, collaboration and community engagement.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Video Post: Studio Showing @ Dance Exchange

I know, I know...no new posts in over a week. I am terribly sorry, but my time has been short and my brain has been filled with so much other information that I just haven't been able to write, at all.

Ilya Belenkov (a visiting guest artist) is headed home to Russia tomorrow. Before he left, we held a studio showing in which, Ilya, Sarah Levitt, Cassie Meador and I showed choreography and received feedback. Ilya showed a completed solo that he created in his time here (absolutely beautiful movement, might I add); Sarah and I showed solos that were works in progress, and Cassie showed the beginnings of a group work that we have been working on for the past three or four days. I have footage of all three solos. I asked one of my teen students to film mine, and as a result it is a little blurry. I will try to get better footage of it later, as I continue to craft this work.

Everyone here is sad to see Ilya depart - he has been an amazing artist to collaborate with, and a brilliant mover and performer. I am looking forward to continuing our collaborations in the future - we have some plans in mind to work together with Kelly Mayfield under the umbrella of Contradiction Dance, possibly creating a site-specific work in London next season. I am also thinking of heading to Moscow this summer to attend a 3-week contemporary dance summer school, and maybe taking an extra week to do some site-specific work with Ilya and his collaborators. But of course nothing is certain, our plans are just in the initial discussion stages. Of course, as always, it will all depend on funding and other support.

Video 1: My solo (or should I say, duet?). More versions to come, stay tuned. You can see the initial chair improvisations here.

Video 2: Ilya's solo, the first time he has ever set a solo inspired solely by music and movement.

Video 3: Sarah's solo (an excerpt - my camera was initially set up too far away to catch her facial expressions, and you can't zoom in without stopping filming and starting again. The initial smiling and nodding actually went on for much longer.)


kyla said...

Hey Shallom !! you have always been a great dancer but when i saw this it made me feel something like the chair was my life and i was traped and stuck with it nowhere i went that's where it took me.

Jasmine said...

Wow Shallom!! I've seen this before but never quite LIKE THIS!!! That was phenomenal... i couldn't take my eyes away.. love u soulmate

Shallom (Editor) said...

Hi ladies,

First, let me just say thanks for the lovely comments! It's so nice to get positive feedback from two wonderful dancers.

Kyla - the idea I was working with initially was the idea of home...and the chair symbolizing that idea of shelter...and then thinking of homeless people, who have to carry their home around on their backs, and feel burdened by it but also comforted by it at the same time. It's interesting for me to see how what you got from the piece has a similar meaning...

Jazzy - I love you too babe! It did feel good during this run...hopefully will feel just as god at St Mary's. :)

Anonymous said...

cedric tillman....... everyone in minot misses u!!!!.....please try to get ahold of us!!!....PLEASE and ur an amazing teacher!!

chelsea v. or (short-cake)

Michael Cowan said...

Question. Is Kelly Mayfield a man or woman .. not sure if its the person I am thinking of.

Does she have blond hair?

Shallom (Editor) said...

Hi Michael,

Kelly is definitely a woman. She is the Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance. You'll find her link in my sidebar.