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Aqueous – The Director’s Cut

Aqueous – The Director’s Cut

posted on October 10, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Events, In The Studio, Magpie's Nest, Performances

We are so excited to finally release the details about our latest endeavour – AQUEOUS. For details about the production, please visit www.seraka.com/aqueous or join the Facebook Event.

I don’t want to write about what the show is, but instead want to share some insight into how the show is developing. This show has been an absolute 180 from our usual productions in so many ways.

The first difference with AQUEOUS is that we’re incorporating an overarching thematic structure; one inspired by the ocean, waves, liquids, the ebb and flow of tides, and the marvellous mythology of sirens.  We started brain storming the show with a concept, then we chose the music and merged the songs into one continuous soundscape which has a clear introduction, build, climax, and resolution. This has allowed us to breathe some continuity into the pieces to create a full-length work of art, instead of stringing pieces together and forcing them to fit, after-the-fact (which is a more common practise when designing our sets).

Secondly, we’ve taken a new approach to how we disperse choreography. We usually pick a song, then merge our ideas and hash things out in the studio together, creating the piece collectively, then dance the piece we’ve created. This process for AQUEOUS is different in that we are distributing the music selections among the 5 of us, each taking ownership of the generation of movement for that piece. For each piece, one of us is working as the choreographer, then as the director, melding our ideas onto the dancers for that piece. We are stepping back from the performance of it, allowing the piece to grow and adapt to the dancers, and enjoying our ideas unfold before us instead of on us. Some of the other pieces include a mixture of structured improvisation, and choreography developed in our usual way.

The third, and most fundamental difference is that we’re not alone. We’ve enlisted a cast comprised of ourselves as well as 11 belly dancers from the greater St. John’s area. As opposed to arranging a lineup of independent pieces from each group or dancer, we’ve merged all dancers into one group and have choreographed onto the group as a whole, to work together as one unit, to create a merged, collaborative work.

I sincerely hope that you are as please to see the work as we are to present it. We’re all hearts in, and hope it brings you on at least some of the journey it’s brought us on along the way.

 

– Vanessa

Call for Submissions (Synthesis 2015)

Call for Submissions (Synthesis 2015)

posted on November 12, 2014 by Vanessa
in: Events, Magpie's Nest, Opportunities

Well now. It’s time for another show, don’t you think!? BUT in order to have a show, we need dancers, so here’s your official Call for Submissions.

Synthesis is a small, little artistic show that we produce each year, giving us all that chance to display our new creative and artistic sides, and offering an opportunity for new dancers to try their hips on the stage. We’re running into our 3rd Synthesis and we’d like to invite you to submit a piece for the show! read full post →

Costume Swap & Sale 2.0

Costume Swap & Sale 2.0

posted on September 5, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Events

Getting ready for Caravanserai: Silk Road? Do you have dance costume pieces or jewellery that you don’t use or wear? Do you make your own belly dance adornments? Are you a new dancers and have a lack of costume pieces for your belly dance wardrobe? Are you a senior dancer who wants to update your wardrobe? Are you a dancer who just wants to offload the overwhelming amount of shiny things in your life (well, down to a more manageable level)? read full post →

Synthesis Volunteer Call

Synthesis Volunteer Call

posted on June 12, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Events, Opportunities

Ladies & Gentlemen! We’re looking for some volunteers to help out at our upcoming Synthesis show on Sat. June 22 (6-9pm) read full post →

Costume Swap

Costume Swap

posted on February 4, 2013 by Vanessa
in: Events

Getting ready for Dance on the Edge 5? Do you have dance costume pieces or jewellery that you don’t use or wear? Do you make your own bellydance adornments? Are you a new dancers and have a lack of costume pieces for your bellydance wardrobe? Are you a senior dancer who wants to update your wardrobe? Are you a dancer who just wants to offload the overwhelming amount of shiny things in your life (well, down to a more manageable level)? read full post →

Night at the Caravanserai

posted on July 4, 2012 by Vanessa
in: Events, Performances

In case you haven’t heard, we’re producing a show.  But it’s going to be a special show, you see.  I won’t give you all the goodie details, but I will say that there will be circus acts, musicians, bellydancers and more! If you want to get in on this, do drop us a line. We’re looking for extra acts to boost the show. read full post →