Programs

Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford & Kirsten Wicklund/Peter Smida

“1:1:1” (phase one)  |  Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford

Prominence & Glory  |  Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida

Firehall Arts Centre - Theatre

PERFORMANCE DATES
July 10, 2021 7:00PM Firehall Theatre BUY NOW

“1:1:1” (phase one)

Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford

Live Work

Work-in-progress

Inverso is in its first stages of research for our new work: “1:1:1”, which explores perception distortion and the neurological effects of living through a screen. How does our mind play tricks on us in the digital realm? Where can we find harmony in a space that imposes the unreal as real? The dancers are stuck in a set perpendicular relationship as a means to investigate displacement, illusion, and ultimately, the importance of real human contact after a prolonged sense of lack.

Conversation with a Stone, By Wislawa Szymborska
I knock at the stone’s front door
“It’s only me, let me come in.
I want to enter your insides,
have a look around,
breathe my fill of you.”
“Go away,” says the stone.
“I’m shut tight.
Even if you break me to pieces,
we’ll all still be closed.
You can grind us to sand,
we still won’t let you in.”
I knock at the stone’s front door.
“It’s only me, let me come in.
I’ve come out of pure curiosity.
Only life can quench it.
I mean to stroll through your palace,
then go calling on a leaf, a drop of water.
I don’t have much time.
My mortality should touch you.”
“I’m made of stone,” says the stone.
“And must therefore keep a straight face.
Go away.
I don’t have the muscles to laugh.”
I knock at the stone’s front door.
“It’s only me, let me come in.
I hear you have great empty halls inside you,
unseen, their beauty in vain,
soundless, not echoing anyone’s steps.
Admit you don’t know them well yourself.
“Great and empty, true enough,” says the stone,
“but there isn’t any room.
Beautiful, perhaps, but not to the taste
of your poor senses.
You may get to know me but you’ll never know me through.
My whole surface is turned toward you,
all my insides turned away.”
I knock at the stone’s front door.
“It’s only me, let me come in.
I don’t seek refuge for eternity.
I’m not unhappy.
I’m not homeless.
My world is worth returning to.
I’ll enter and exit empty-handed.
And my proof I was there
will be only words,
which no one will believe.”
“You shall not enter,” says the stone.
“You lack the sense of taking part.
No other sense can make up for your missing sense of taking part.
Even sight heightened to become all-seeing
will do you no good without a sense of taking part.
You shall not enter, you have only a sense of what that sense should be,
only its seed, imagination.”
I knock at the stone’s front door.
“It’s only me, let me come in.
I haven’t got two thousand centuries,
so let me come under your roof.”
“If you don’t believe me,” says the stone,
“just ask the leaf, it will tell you the same.
Ask a drop of water, it will say what the leaf has said.
And, finally, ask a hair from your own head.
I am bursting from laughter, yes, laughter, vast laughter,
although I don’t know how to laugh.”
I knock at the stone’s front door.
“It’s only me, let me come in.
“I don’t have a door,” says the stone.

From “Poems New and Collected: 1957-1997″ by Wislawa Szymborska, translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

Choreographer | Creator: Lesley Telford
Composer: Ferrari, Purcell
Performers: Stéphanie Cyr+ Kiera Hill
Music: Mozart, Luc Ferrari, Mika Vainio/Ryoji Ikeda/alva noto, Henry Purcell
Text: “Conversations with a Stone” Wislava Szymborska
Spoken by Kerry Sandomirsky

Lesley Telford
Lesley Telford is a choreographer, educator and the artistic director of Inverso Productions and Performance Research Project. She is grateful to live and work on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh people. Her recent work incorporates text, visual art and science and has been described as “tapping into deep recesses of our emotional and intellectual landscapes”. Lesley danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Compañia Nacional de Danza and Netherlands Dans Theater 1. As a choreographer, she has created works for Ballet BC, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2, Compañia Nacional de Danza 2, Ballet Vorpommern, Butler Ballet, International Project for Dance in Rome (DAF), University of Utah and Arts Umbrella Dance Company, among others. Through Inverso, she choreographed and produced 2 full evening works: Brittle Failure and Spooky Action. Her independent work has been presented throughout Europe and Western Canada. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Production from the University of Salzburg. Inverso is presently creating a new work, “1:1:1” and this upcoming season also includes commissions for Ballet BC and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is thrilled to be back in the theatre with audiences after this long hiatus. lesleytelford.com

Stéphanie Cyr
Stéphanie Cyr is an independent dance artist, tender gender bender and enthusiastic playlist maker. The stories they tell are heavily influenced by pop + internet culture from a personal queer perspective. Often playing with scale, sci-fi and the everyday, they make dances for objects and bodies while using alternative spaces and materials to explore fluxes of intimacy and perception. They’ve had the pleasure of working nationally and internationally with imPerfect Dancers Company, Andrea Peña & Artists, Inverso Productions, TWObigsteps collective, Action at a Distance, Future Leisure, David Harvey, Justine A. Chambers, Les Productions Figlio, The Public Swoon, Ne.Sans Opera and Dance and Wen Wei Dance, among others. They’ve presented work at Sawdust Collector, the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Tremors Festival at Rumble Theatre, Shooting Gallery Performance Series #9, Café Concert #38, in peoples’ homes and was recently commissioned to create a new digital work for rEvolver Festival. Steph is also a project assistant and program manager at Made in BC – Dance on Tour.

Kiera Hill
Kiera is an independent dance artist who currently resides and practices her art on the unceded and ancestral territories of the: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Kiera completed her professional training at Arts Umbrella in 2012 under the direction of Artemis Gordon. Upon graduating, she apprenticed with Ballet BC for a season before joining Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. For four years she toured extensively with BJM, performing internationally and across Canada. Kiera returned home to Vancouver to join Ballet BC as a full company member from 2017-2020. She has had the privilege of performing the works of William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Johan Inger, Azure Barton, Emily Molnar and Medhi Walerski among others. Kiera is delighted and grateful to be part of this project with Inverso Productions and to be performing for a live audience again!

Website: lesleytelford.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inversoproductions/
Instagram: @lesley.telford, @inversoproductions
Twitter:@lesley_telford

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. At this time, we ask that masks be worn inside the Firehall. Patrons may take their masks off while in theirs seats, or outside in the courtyard at their discretion. Door sales will be available if the performance is not sold out.
Inverso Productions/Lesley Telford

Prominence & Glory

Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida

Screening of Dance Film

World Premiere

Gregory & Priscilla exist…alone whilst together, dragging themselves through routine, and independent self-fury, burdened by the ghosts of expectation and hunger. How could a past interrupted by misfortune and guilt find peace with a future prevented by dissatisfaction and greed? Underneath the tailored wool, leather and pearls, two anonymous souls desperate for acknowledgement slip by unnoticed and unheard – intertwining and colliding, losing a battle against their perverse replicas. Are they cursed? Figments of each other’s imagination? They swing at their fate and continue to miss while their bodies represent impossibility. When a mysterious but familiar stranger delivers the final blow – a piece of unavoidable news, it is likely the pair will do the only thing they know how: bury themselves under ambition and regret…and it might not be quite so pretty.

Choreographer | Creator: Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida
Composer: Kirsten Wicklund, Peter Smida,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performers: Kirsten Wicklund, Peter Smida

Kirsten & Peter are the Co-creators & performers of Prominence & Glory. Peter is an independent and emerging film maker and after a 12 year career as a dancer with Ballet BC, he acts now as the Creative Content Producer for the company. Peter creates independently both for stage and film and his recent film “Let me leave so that you may continue” was featured on the Tanstheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch Company) Create’s Platform as part of their Digital
Stage Series. Kirsten has danced for Ballet BC since 2014 alongside her work as an independent creator creating works for Joshua Beamish’s Move The Company, Ballet Kelowna, Ballet BC’s Choreographic Workshop, the UBC Choir, Dancing on the Edge & more. Her work “Overcast” was one of only 20 works selected worldwide as part of the International Choreography Competition Hannover presented digitally in June 2021. Kirsten and Peter’s aligned passions aim to explore new ways to create and tell stories with the physical body through the mediums of dance, theatre and film.

Website: http://glory.kirstenwicklund.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kirstenwicklund
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/kirstenwicklund
www.instagram.com/mocookiesmomilk

To note:  Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the performance. At this time, we ask that masks be worn inside the Firehall. Patrons may take their masks off while in theirs seats, or outside in the courtyard at their discretion. Door sales will be available if the performance is not sold out.
Kirsten Wicklund & Peter Smida