“Dance isn’t really something you have to be trained for – we all do it naturally. It’s something that gets trained OUT of us” -Michael Walling, the Artistic Director of Border Crossings’ Origins Festival of First Nations. Read his interview here.
WESTWAY SOLSTICE was a dance performance created in response to the ground we stand on, the people who live on it, and the lives that live with us along the Westway.
Brian Solomon/Electric Moose is an Anishinaabe dance artist from Canada, resident at the Origins Festival with his collaborator Mariana Medellin, he created Westway Solstice with a large, diverse cast of community participants in North Kensington. They worked with a local youth orchestra – The Nucleo Project and local dancers since early May to develop this collaborative performance.
Brian is interested in engaging with unusual spaces in communities and nature. He is inspired by collaborating with all the individuals that comprise a community, whether trained artists or not, and guiding them to interact with their own life stories. He is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and taking back the space those bodies occupy.
Read an interview with Michael Walling, artistic director of Origins Festival: Border Crossings here, where he discusses the performance of Westway Solstice.