More on Remembering Amelia
During 2013, Jennifer Mascall and I participated in the Remembering Amelia project along with many others, honouring the life and work of Canadian movement pioneer and true dance legend, Amelia Itcush.
A master teacher, Amelia taught for five years in the MascallDance summer intensive; Mascall is working on a short film using interview and class materials collected during this period.
The exhibition arrived in Vancouver and was hosted by The Vancouver Dance Centre during September, accompanied by project instigator and director Robin Poitras of New Dance Horizons. In addition to the installation, classes by Itcush Method instructors, lecture demonstrations, one on one sessions, and exchanges about Amelia’s life, work and legacy were held in conjunction with the Dance Centre and Culture Days. Particularly memorable was a comparative approach session with Ashley Johnson (Itcush/Mitzvah educator) and Jennifer Mascall.
We’ve received the following update from Robin Poitras and Ashley Johnson:
The Remembering Amelia project looks to explore the history, legacy and current relevance of the work of movement pioneer Amelia Itcush.
We are doing this by traveling the country presenting workshops, hosting discussions, collecting interviews and discovering how the work has evolved and changed through the daily practice of it’s enthusiasts.
It is our goal to create a community where body based practices continue to grow and thrive through ongoing collaboration of people from all walks of life.
The tour and initial gathering have been an overwhelming success so far, and we warmly thank all those who’ve attended ‘Remembering Amelia’ at one of our wonderful locations – MacKenzie Gallery in Regina, Chapel Gallery in North Battleford, Open Space in Victoria, and the Dance Centre in Vancouver.
We have three locations to come; Dancers Studio West (Calgary) in November, Dance Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) in the spring, and Montreal (location TBA) in the fall. The news is out for our Calgary dates! Please check out the DSW website for more details –
Your input and feedback is greatly appreciated as we move towards our goals. Please take the time please fill out our short online survey and, of course, share with us your comments, stories and advice, past and future.
Some of you expressed interest in the possibility of setting up a practice group in Vancouver. It often takes the motivation of a specific time/place and others to keep us diligent in our daily practice. Some of those interested have many years of experience in the work and others are relatively new. Getting together on a somewhat regular basis, you can learn from each other and strengthen your connection to the work and your own healing journey.
Elaine Hanson has graciously accepted the task of instigating the Vancouver practice group. Please contact her via email@example.com
Last, but far from least, a note from Elaine Hanson, Vancouver organizer:
- the day (s) of the week and time(s) most suitable to your schedule
- suggested available studio space including hourly rate
- ability and/or interest to help craft a written code of conduct and liability waiver
- any other ideas or suggestions