Dance Investigations

My dance practice is grounded in my connection with the earth, which serves as a tool to feel a sense of belonging to people & place. I have established a relationship between my practice as a visual artist and dance. Dance is another way of expressing oneself through the body, much like how I work with my hands. I highly regard dance’s transformative qualities and its ability to unlock new pathways in my thinking. My goal is to elicit the movements of materiality fundamental to all aspects of our human and non-human environments.

International Day of Dance, FreeFlow Dance Co, Saskatoon, SK, Choreographed by Kyle Syverson, KSAMB Dance, 2017

Having a traditional Ukrainian folk ballet background and a love for two-stepping inspired my approach to my dance practice. Combining Bohemian principles of folk dance into modern spontaneous social functions, creating what she calls Mosh Polka Beatbox Bagpipin.

Loving dances that celebrate the ‘common folk’ and a rich history of collaboration in her visual arts practice led her to discover Contact Improvisational Dance and began my practice in 2016 under Kyle Syverson.

The Human Loom, 2019, was a process driven Community Arts Project that inspired future dance investigations titled: Dances With Props, 2020.

Dances with Props was a solo practice as a contact improvisation dancer and choreographed by Laura Hosaluk, fostered through KSMAB Dance Company mentorship.

Works were developed in isolation through a committed 14-day process of dancing with props outdoors. Props stand in for the contact dancers that would normally rehearse and practice together. 

The Covid-19 crisis inspired my investigation where separation had become the common thread connecting humanity, and I expressed this experience through my movement practice. My work is based on contact improvisation practices, and I created “Dances with Props” by using four highly crafted stools for 14 days while connecting with the natural world at Victoria Park to draw inspiration and direction. The props stood in for the community of dancers I’m used to dancing with. It’s remarkable how this object, the stool, has a shared weight and momentum parallel to the human body. This investigation allowed me to continue sharing weight and touch and deepen my movement awareness when the pandemic greatly impedes these interactions.

 

Further Investigations with Dances with Props will continue as the world re-connects, translating and expressing those shared experiences of living through a pandemic.  See work with Rawda Shawkat on Instagram above.

The Circle and the Dot, Interdisciplinary work with KSAMB Dance Company, Dancers Miki Mappin, Kyle Syverson & Laura Hosaluk, The Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, 2022.

Pushing boundaries and challenging myself to create new work is essential to my growth as an artist and human. I’ve discovered parallels between my practice as an artist and dance. Dance is a way of expressing itself through the body, no different than working with my hands.

 

 

“I am fascinated by the complexity of Contact Improvisation practice. The range of expression required to translate movement is much like the body’s song. Sometimes, the most exciting moment is when the movement is out of key. This is when I can expand my introspection and awaken new possibilities in dance.” -L Hosaluk

 

 

 

“Trust us? Here Now” which we presented at 2019 Nuit Blanche, KSAMB Dance Company, Above

2020-22 Wild Card Movement –  An outdoor improvisation experiment by KSAMB DANCE COMPANY, open to the public. We performed the first Friday of every month, in different civic spaces around Saskatoon, from October of 2020. Dancers gathered weekly to practice ensemble dance improvisation skills, observing pandemic restrictions.