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Being & Becoming


Video / Choreography / Sound


Freya Björg Olafson


Performers: Spenser Theberge, Arika Yamada, Brittany Davis, Lindsay Parker, Jordan McHenry


Mentor: Helene Blackburn


18 minute performance




Past Presentations:

Springboard Danse Montréal

final presentation at Usine C - Centre Multi-Disciplinaire (Montréal)  2007


During The Springboard Danse Montreal Project in July 2007 I had the opportunity to create an installation performance work under the mentorship of artistic director/ choreographer of Cas Public, Helene Blackburn. The Springboard Danse Project concluded with a performance of the new works of four selected emerging choreographers (including myself) alongside those of participating senior choreographers Christopher House, Helene Blackburn, Roger Sinha, and Melanie Demers in Montreal at Usine C on July 13th, 2007.


In Being and Becoming' I was interested physical and emotional transformations. Over 2005 - 2006 years my work enaged with notions of identity, stemming from my MFA in New Media research into the areas of cultural and gender theory. With five dancers I focused on the manifestations of internal transformation through facial and physical expression. 'Being and Becoming' is 15 minutes in length and is performed in tandem with edited video that is projected on the wall as well as played on two television monitors. This creation is a continuation of my interest in refining the integration of video and performance. I choreographed the new work within the three weeks at Springboard as well as shot and edited video and manipulated sound material which I had been working with since December 2006. 


This opportunity at SpringBoard Danse was generously supported by:

The Canada Council for The Arts

&   Manitoba Arts Council


Being & Becoming received production and residency supports from:

Springboard Danse Montréal as e-choreographer with mentorship from Helene Blackburn




SpringBoard promo video

excerpt of 'Being & Becoming' in studio

seen from: 4:41 - 4:50 minutes


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