The final show of the inlayers project, culminates the 6 weeks of production and rehearsals and a years worth of work to bring you this performance.
inlayers is an innovative dance project conceived and developed by Jenn Doan and Taryn Javier whose primary vision is to expand the art of contemporary dance to new levels by using online social media to reach a worldwide public.
With only a few days left before opening night, the team meets in The Anthill Building in Calgary, Alberta where they will perform two shows. Taryn and the dancers spend three days reformatting the piece to fit the large, unconventional space. They all share a variety of insight, from dancing on concrete floors to their thoughts on the entire process.
The dancers spend their last rehearsal in the studio before entering the performance space. Jenn shares her insight on the project as a whole.
inlayers official performance photos courtesy of Glen Co
After taking several weeks to let this whole project sit, digest, and give space and time for reflection. I came to learn one major thing (among many other little things of course)… Communication was at the core of inlayers and its success. There was communication that needed effective execution on 2 levels. The first was the communication with us artist with the online audience. The second is the communication that was needed between each and every person involved in creating inlayers.
With only two rehearsals left before entering the space, the dancers are starting to feel the piece on a deeper level. Taryn has them create one last section of material for an ending, and the group shares where they are at personally before leaving the studio for good.
The dancers have a ‘breakthrough’ run of the piece after a week of struggling to find a flow in rehearsals. Now that Taryn is “out of the quicksand” she can move forward to finish the piece.
Here are some of my final thoughts on how inlayers – deuxieme partie went.x It has been a full month since the close of the show and I still feel as though I have not adequately grasped all that has happened. It seems so odd because this project was worked on and talked about a [...]
As the project is just passed half way, Taryn struggles to place each section in the right order. Simon, Jenn and Melina work on a challenging lift and Ralph feels the shift of moving from improv-based work to a more structured rehearsal.
Looking back at inlayers…
The entire online interactive component of this process was a unique experience and at times overwhelming…in the amount of work and energy it took to conceptualize and define in writing all the resonating feelings, thoughts and questions that were arising during rehearsals.