Miya and I have been brainstorming ways to connect our embodied movement to each other, across the 5,000+ kilometre distance between Halifax and Vancouver where we respectively reside. In our creative conversations, our shared access to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans came up, which led to the idea of each of us filming ourselves moving by the seaside and experimenting with connecting the videos side-by-side through editing. This visual is a minimal improvisation of gestures masking the face, is my contribution of research to this concept even before the mask of my face is made.
It was incredibly grounding to dance at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, at Wickaninnish Beach on Vancouver Island, BC on the traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
I received Shion’s plaster bandage face cast in the mail. She was very brave to do this-it’s not easy! Once I had this in my hands, I mixed up some plaster and filled the cast she made. I now have a replica of Shion’s face to make masks on that will perfectly fit her face and look like her. As you can see in the photo, the cast she sent me is now destroyed, but it served its purpose well.