Prox:imity Re:mix is a residency tour to Kelowna, and Revelstoke, BC. This is a process oriented project that engages youth in the exploration of identity, gender and community through improvisation, contact dance and new media, developed out of Law of Proximity.
“It (Contact Dance) really teaches you about your body and the way you’re comfortable to move.”Charlie Cook
“It’s been really rewarding in those moments that we feel good and express things we wouldn’t necessarily be able to express in any other way.”Morgan Condon
Pushing the body’s boundaries
“Instead of focusing on the limits of body and gender – as is sometimes the case when an individual publicly identifies as something other than heterosexual – the show looks at what the body can do when freed from traditional expectations.”
MACHiNENOiSY is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance company. Our focus is on the creation of collaborative, multi-disciplinary dance theatre performances. The artists directing the PROX:IMITY RE:MIX project are Delia Brett, Daelik, and Sammy Chien, with youth mentors Rae Takaesu or ali d.
As a teenager, Delia Brett worked as a film and television actress, before pursuing dance as a career. She has a performance history of over 20 years. She is the mother to two sons.
Daelik has been performing professionally for over 25 years, first as an actor and now as a choreographer/dancer. He has performed locally, nationally, and internationally.
Sammy Chien is a New Media Artist who merges sound and video technology with theatre and dance techniques to form new ways to create performances. His work has toured North America, Europe, and Asia.
Rae Takaesu was a performer in Law of Proximity. Rae is studying theatre production and performance at Studio 58 (Langara College).
Ali d. was a performer in Law of Proximity. Ali d. is a young woman of colour, a local artist-activist, a somewhat shy noise maker and a clown.
The original Law of Proximity
Law of Proximity establishes new dance as a positive tool for education and liberation. The youth participants (ages 16-24) needn’t be previously trained in dance or theatre. Participants will learn the skills they need in physical awareness, and communication through improvisational scores, peer-peer mentorship and by training in Contact Dance. The process engages young and developing queer and non queer community in an exciting and informative physical dialogue on performance, identity and collaboration.
Safety around this subject will be developed through many transparent and non-hierarchical discussions, through contact improvisation (which, to summarize, develops self-confidence and clarity in communication) and personal exploration through writing, voice and performance sensitivity exercises. A youth mentor from the original project will help facilitate trust and communication amongst the youth, as well as inspire and motivate them.
PROX:IMITY RE:MIX is a 2 week process that offers skill building in dance, theatre and new media and highlights the unique identities and talents of local youth. The PROX:IMITY RE:MIX project is aimed at youth (ages 15-24) who are interested in being part of the creation of a multimedia and dance creation. No previous performance training is necessary.
PROX:IMITY RE:MIX was developed by MACHiNENOiSY from our project Law of Proximity. Law of Proximity was a community-engaged project in which we mentored 8 queer youth in the creation of a multimedia dance performance. Using the original process as a working template, we will meet with local youth (queer and non-queer) over a two-week period recreating scenes and training them in improvisation, contact dance, performance and new media to create a 30 minute performance that explores issues of identity, gender and community.