Registration Number 81905 6888 RR0001
This new work premiered in February 2022 at the Citadel where adelheid is in residence. A conversation between three women that delicately, forcibly, and collectively reflecting on human connection in the digital age, generational difference, and the state of being in-between. This September, it will tour to Ottawa, and be introduced to audiences in Germany.
"[Strauss’] goal is to anchor the audience in the shifting reality of the ever-changing world…On Air absolutely engages the mind and the imagination." Paula Citron, dance critic
A unique site-specific Augmented Reality installation that’s a reminder of the fragility of the earth, and human consequence. Your mobile device is a portal to a sea of human figures swimming in the sky above and air around you. You are able to interact in ways that are comfortable for you, with the potential of receiving messages from people who have passed through, in exchange for a thought you want to share. A collaboration with Luke Garwood, You are swimming here will be found in parks in Toronto, Vancouver, and more in the fall 2022.
This commission for Alberta dancers Kate Stashko and Krista Lin was presented in a defunct Army and Navy building in Edmonton at the end of May. Developed around a long-time relationship between these two women, in a space soon to be demolished, it walks the audience through transitional spaces and moments, exploring change on an ambulatory journey through an old giant skeleton of a store. Presented by the Brian Webb Dance Company.
In partnership with Art Spin, we animated an enormous glass warehouse at the corner of Toronto’s Dovercourt and Dupont streets, bathed it in light and soft moving projection. The building breathed colour and sound from the inside as audiences lined the streets, offering only imaginary possibilities of what was happening inside. It was recently recognized as UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (UCCN) project for Toronto.
While on site in the Hope Foundry building, we had three days to shoot a film that responded to the space. This turned into a diptych: present absence & absent presence. Through the giant 3-storey windows of the raw industrial space, we had a backdrop of the sky, natural light and heat, and three incredible dancers (the dancers of on air) who agreed to work amid all the Covid constraints. The films consider what DOES exist - both the visible and invisible. Exposing the inner and outer worlds of the performers, they play between solitude and collective desire. They were screened publicly in Art Spin events this past August and October.
As Toronto continues to experience studio and rehearsal space closures, we saw it as a responsibility to support the community through creating a dedicated venue for dance artists to return to their practice and process of dance and performance making emerging from the pandemic. For 5 months (June 15-Nov 15, 2021) we ran a pop-up space for rehearsals, classes (including supporting emerging dance teachers) and creative exploration. This was one way we could support other artists through this unprecedented period.
Our annual in-person non-product-based creation intensive for emerging dance artists moved to a virtual platform over a two-week stretch. For the first time, we were able to add an (in-person) week which allowed the three different creation processes the benefit of live interaction, and what can only happen when people gather together in the same place with a shared intention. In total, re:research supported 12 emerging artists in their creative explorations through a period of time when reinvention was the name of the game.
Building our programming to begin to address longstanding racial inequities in our field, we worked in partnership with the Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture to run a residency program for emerging artists of colour, Indigenous artists and Black artists. The goal was to develop fluency in working with designers. In this case it was an Ottawa-based urban dance collective called Speakeasy mentored by brilliant multi-media designer David Mesiha, with me as facilitator. Because of the success of this program, the Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture has invited us back next year for a second iteration of the program.
Integrating new ways of sharing experiential wisdoms, we initiated a program in which local dance artists chatted with Metcalf Foundation Intern Dedra McDermott and re:research producer Jane-Alison McKinney about performance making, process and practice. Series ONE gives voice to three female choreographers of note: Roshanak Jaberi, Amanda Acorn and Vivine Scarlett. Series TWO features the extraordinary Esie Mensah, Irma Villafuerte and Alejandro Ronceria.
adelheid ran three workshops for professional dancers who bravely re-entered studios to begin training, and practice in rooms that were not on the Zoom! We geared these classes to be as much about independent dancing and development as they were about relating to each other and beginning to rebuild the social and community aspects of ensemble dancing that were put on hold by the pandemic.
Jane-Alison McKinney, re:research Producer/Social Media Manager (contract)
Jeremy Mimnagh, Artistic Associate, Photographer/Designer + (contract)
Rachel Penny, Creative Producer (PT/salary)
Heidi Strauss, Artistic Director (FT/salary)
Registration Number 81905 6888 RR0001