On July 5th I had the enormous pleasure and honour of working with dancer/choreographer Margie Gillis, one of our nation’s cultural treasures. The daylong workshop was organized by composer Alfredo Santa Ana for Ms. Gillis and my trio, Trio Nomidi (violinist Karen Gerbrecht, cellist Olivia Blander, and myself). The morning and afternoon were spent working through Santa Ana’s trio, On Fairness. This stunning, six-movement work was premiered by Nomidi in January 2012 as part of the Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop, “Explorations of Fairness”. Our performance caught the attention of Gillis, who wished to choreograph On Fairness for future performances throughout Canada. Multiple performances of a major new work are a rare and precious thing in the new music world, so it was wonderful to come back to Alfredo’s trio — and it was even more wonderful to see the piece through Gillis’ eyes, as she worked through each movement, creating a thrilling visual narrative that complemented the music beautifully. Below are some photos from the workshop, taken by Alfredo and David Pay.
Preston Buffalo’s “Pender St. Mushroom” has found its forever home at the QAF office (which is actually on Keefer St. 🤫). I’m so excited to have this work of Preston’s — which is also the cover image of my latest album. Thank you, Preston! 🍄🍄
I’m going to really miss this show. Senos de Hombre had its final day today at @queerarts SUM gallery: it was an exhibition that was cheeky, sexy, and fun while asking bigger, deeper questions about our bodies, our queerness, and our innate non-binary-ness. I’m deeply grateful to @ormo11, @laos__land, and @romeogomezlopez for trusting a complete stranger who visited @salonsilicon over a year ago, asking if they’d curate a show in Vancouver. And what a show they delivered: beautiful works by @_.alan_hernandez._ , @sandrablow.photo, @_karlfriasgarcia_ , and Romeo — plus a dildo-making workshop that folks here are still talking about.