Calder White/Tara Cheyenne Performance
BABY | Calder White
Pants | Tara Cheyenne
Firehall Arts Centre Theatre
BABY Duration: 30 mins
Pants Duration: 20 mins
BABY is an interdisciplinary dance theatre piece integrating puppetry, props, mask and costume. The characters we find in BABY meet at the intersection of intimacy, anonymity, and horror, multiplying and projecting themselves onto other parts of their own bodies, onto the bodies of other performers, and extending out into space to change the reading of a work from a solo or a duet to a group piece, even if there’s only one actual body on stage.
Calder White is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, and floorwork teacher based in Vancouver, BC. He is an alumnus of Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University (2018). He has originated roles in work by Shay Kuebler (Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art), Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Sylvie Bouchard (BouchardDanse), Colin Connor (José Limón Dance Foundation), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and Alexander Whitley (Alexander Whitley Dance Company). Calder’s choreographic interests lay in oversharing, recalling memory, and the effects of video documentation on self-image. His work has been shared with audiences across Canada and the US, his most recent commission being for The School Of Dance (Ottawa) in 2021. Calder is currently a company member with Shay Kuebler/Radical System Art, Joshua Beamish/MOVEthecompany, and Santa Barbara Dance Theatre.
Rakeem Hardy, originally from Toronto, Canada, received their BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase College. In 2020, they were the recipient of the Thayer Fellowship Award and throughout their time at Purchase, they performed works by Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Sidra Bell, Norbert De La Cruz III, and Roderick George. Rakeem has had the pleasure of performing with A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Loni Landon Dance Projects, and Gallim Dance. In 2022, they joined Kidd Pivot for the company’s tour of Revisor.
Jessica Mak is a Chinese-Canadian, Toronto based freelance dance and textile artist who holds a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Performance. Through 2019 to 2022, Jessica has had the privilege of touring Red Sky Performance’s Trace across North America. With her endless desire to learn, grow and develop, she has had the opportunity to participate in intensives and research projects such as Springboard Danse Montreal, B12 Festival, Domaine Forget, Adelheid’s Re:research and more. She is humbled by the opportunities she has been given to work with renown artists who generously share their knowledge, greatly influencing her progression and outlook as a dancer. Jessica hopes to use movement based concepts to challenge and encourage discussion while pushing for more accessibility in dance. She is currently exploring the intersection of both movement and textile work and hopes to make new discoveries soon!
Concept and Direction
Jessica Mak, Rakeem Hardy, and Calder White
Stéphanie Cyr, Clarke Blair, and Tia Kushniruk
Solo dance-theatre (stand-up comedy with dance breaks) by veteran dance artists Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg. Can one reimagine gender from inside a middle-aged body while standing at the playground caught in the no “man’s” land between the “moms” and the “dads”? Pants take a deep dive into the shallow end of the gender binary through raw comedy and dance that crawls inside our “packaging”. What happens to one’s flimsy identity, built on blending, when one’s offspring sheds the binary before recess? Profoundly personal storytelling is delivered through alarming comedy and movement that reveals the heart of the matter. Created in collaboration with Kate Franklin(co-choreographer), Cameron Mackenzie (creative collaboration), and Joanna Garfinkel (dramaturge) Pants will premiere in 2023.
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer, and artistic director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, working across disciplines in film, dance, theatre, and experimental performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level”. Along with her own creations Tara has collaborated with many theatre companies and artists including; Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club, Boca De Lupo, Ruby Slippers, The Firehall Arts Centre, Vertigo Theatre (Calgary), Silvia Gribaudi (Italy). Tara lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories with her partner composer Marc Stewart and their child Jasper.