A DOCUMENTARY FILM EXPLORING THE COMPLEXITIES OF CHANGE, GRIEF AND ACCEPTANCE IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY HUMAN BODY EXPRESSION’S FILM WORK AS PART OF DANCEWORKS’ MOVING ONLINE SERIES
STREAMING ONLINE JULY 28 – 31, 2022 CHOREOGRAPHED BY HANNA KIEL FEATURING DANCERS: RYAN LEE, BONNIE KIM, DARRYL C. TRACY, SUSIE BURPEE, PULGA MUCHOCHOMA, ORIAH WIERSMA, KENDRA EPIK, AND AND 11 YEAR-OLD DANCER EVA TEECE-SOTER How do we navigate change, grief and acceptance in times of uncertainty? DanceWorks presents But Then Again, Human Body Expression’s documentary film work, featuring choreography by Hanna Kiel, and dancing from eight sensational Canadian artists. But Then Again will premiere online July 28 – 31, 2022, as part of DanceWorks’ Moving Online series. Opening night is July 28, 2022 at 7:30pm EST. The screening link for But Then Again will be live until July 31 at 11:59pm EST only. But Then Again documents the journey of a dance project and its struggle for survival during a historical, trying time. Through constant cancellations and a transition from live performance to film, But Then Again explores transformation through artists’ work, and adapting to ongoing change. Featured is an intergenerational cast of dancers: Ryan Lee, Bonnie Kim, Darryl C. Tracy, Susie Burpee, Pulga Muchochoma, Oriah Wiersma, Kendra Epik, and 11-year-old dancer Eva Teece-Soter. Dora Mavor Moore Award winner and Human Body Expression Artistic Director and Founder, Hanna Kiel (choreographer) is from Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Vancouver in 1996. She has presented her work at 12 Minutes Max, PlanB Singles and solos Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Pulse at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. In 2007, she collaborated with Yoko Ono as a dancer and choreographer at the Centre A. Since moving to Toronto in 2008, Hanna has continued choreographing for: Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, Conteur Dance Academy, George Brown Dance, Ryerson Dances, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artist Intensive, IGNITE, ProArteDanza, Ballet Jörgen, Alias Dance Project, The National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary. In 2019 she became the first Choreographer in Residence for Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. But Then Again features an original score by Pouya Hamidi (music arrangements, piano, recording, editing, and mixing), and Frances Miller (lyrics and guitar), who is also a singer in the work. Film editing by Kendra Epik, and dramaturgy by playwright, actor and director Suzanne Monique Bennett, and rehearsal directing by dance artist Natasha Poon Woo. Musicians include Frances Miller (vocals and guitar), Michael Bridge and Matti Pulkki (accordion), Adam Campbell and Yang Chen(percussion), Pouya Hamidi (piano) and Beth Silver (cello). ABOUT DANCEWORKS: DanceWorks began as a collective of independent dance artists in 1977 and has grown to become Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. Strong in the belief that dance has the power to illuminate, engage, and transform all who participate, DanceWorks offers seasons of eclectic, exhilarating choreography programmed to intrigue, challenge, and enthrall. ABOUT MOVING ONLINE SERIES: DanceWorks Moving Online series provides a platform for creativity and inspiration of dance artists working in the digital realm. Designed to inspire and delight audiences, Moving Online is an opportunity to engage with professional dance artists and the stories of their creations. ABOUT HUMAN BODY EXPRESSION: Founded by choreographer Hanna Kiel, Human Body Expression strives to break the mold of traditional dance aesthetics to create hybrid movement forms and cultivate artistic individuality. HBE seeks to tell stories and explore narratives that pulse from the very heart of human feeling; that are touching, arousing, disturbing, exciting, and everything in between. HBE’s artists embody the raw and chaotic force of human emotions to impact audiences on a visceral level. Drawing on the ever-evolving distinctive personal dance style that Kiel has developed over more than two decades as a dance professional, her company aims to present technically strong and accessible choreography with high production values, inspiring audiences of all backgrounds to become more engaged with dance. DanceWorks honours and acknowledges the ancestral caretakers of this land: the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and, most recently, the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation who have a Treaty relationship with Canada. DanceWorks is grateful to have the opportunity to work in their community, on this territory, and pays respects to their Elders, past, present, and future. AGAIN DETAILS: WHEN: July 28, 7:30pm – July 31, 11:59pm 2022, EST. WHERE: Film will be viewed on Vimeo TICKETING INFORMATION: HERE TICKET PRICES: $10 & 15 Social Media: WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM We would like to thank Ashley Belmer, B-Rebel Communications, for the press release.