Meet the Artist: Desi Rekrut
“Crystal Pite inspires me to continue to push in originality and detail.”
Desi Rekrut, BLOOM Artist in Residence
Desi Rekrut Photo: Michael Slobodian
You are invited to BLOOM, a MascallDance artist residency focussed on choreographic work midway through its’ creation process. Join us for two Tuesday “tastings” of these works-in-progress:
WHEN February 20th and 27th, 2018,
WHERE 1130 Jervis our studio in historic St John’s Church Hall.
WHAT Five minute dance samplings are paired with wines selected by outstanding Vancouver sommelier Lisa Haley (Vancouver Magazine’s Sommelier of the Year 2017) and a comedic commentary.
TICKETS at the door: $10 includes wine sampling.
Meet artist in residence Desi Rekrut.
It’s fresh work; but there are thematic similarities to my past work. I’m focussed on a quartet and a duet; I’ve generally tended to use large groups with 8 or more dancers. The dances stem from my phrases and material; the dancers and I take ideas and movement and remix variations – and then I edit.
Having a five minute cap is a challenge. I’ve worked before in 360 (the round) and find it a challenge too. We’re early in this process; I’m thinking of audience’s attention in the round, and toying with a set – whereas I was expecting that I’d just want to choreograph.
I am interested in exploring, isolating and rerouting gender elements, using costumes and the alienation of dancers (subtracting a singular body). I love drag and am also involved in that world. I’m really thinking a lot about how to indicate high fashion elements. I like to take the gender out of dance and I use masks, headpieces, sometimes binding – to give a sense that is less human. I feel odd in dance without knowing why.
I work with “dry” movement, I cover the dancers, stripping away personality and character that trigger the audience to see masculine and feminine; then the movement, the dance vocabulary itself comes into a more central position. Last year I worked with feminine caricature – posing.
What do I want people to get from our work? I want them to watch and experience as opposed to understand.
An artist I admire: Crystal Pite inspires me to continue to push in originality and detail. A major inspiration to me. Also Sharon Eyal / Lev. I like the un-humanness of her dances. Sidra Bell too – and the importance of (her) sets. I did her module a couple years ago and worked with her improvisation techniques. I also admire the work of Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz – pushing the boundaries of the male body.
BLOOM #1 2018, 5:30 PM Tuesdays Feb 20 and 27, 1130 Jervis, $10
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 604 669 9337. www.mascalldance.ca