Leika (Icelandic for "play"!) is an interactive performance platform that allows any numbers of dancers, moving bodies, and even the audience, all being part of the audio composition through a custom camera sensor tracking engine.
The premiere of Leika took place on a beautiful late-summer’s evening in the stunning waterfront setting of Toronto’s Music Garden on September 10, 2009
Special thanks go to Dreamwalker Dance Company, and all of the artists and supporters who made this performance a magical one!
Commissioned by Toronto Music Garden/Harbourfront Centre
Concept/Music/Sound Environment Tom Kuo
Choreography/Performance Andrea Nann
Guest Vocalist/Cellist Anne Bourne
Guest Dancers Jordana Deveau, Shelly Hering & Salil, Lucy Rupert & Pablo,
CCDT company dancers: Adelaide Batuk, Francesca Chudnoff, Kendra Epik, Meredith Gries, Gwyneth Mackenzie, Ellis Martin-Wylie, Elana Mlotek, Jennifer Morse, Midori Mukai, Taryn Na, Victoria Scanlon
Further credit goes out to Memo Akten for sharing the original "Webcam Piano" processing app., and David Bouchard for being a processing guru and his assistance.
Animation by Elysha Poirier for Dreamwalker Dance's 'The Whole Shebang 2012' with Artistic Director Andrea Nann, inspired by the choreography of Andrea Nann & Brendan Wyatt.
Music: 26 Goldberg Variations, Variation 25 a 2 Clav., Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Glenn Gould
By turns tactile, conceptual, visual, spatial, and ritualistic, Interstitials take place in the intervals before, after and in between performances in the show to intrigue and inspire audiences to consider, question, and engage with the show's theme. Think of it as warm-up or stretching before a run. Interstitials help render the mind, senses and imagination more supple so as to receive the art with an open spirit.
A short video by Tess Girard with clips from The Whole Shebang 2013 - STONED produced by Dreamwalker Dance Company, created and directed by Andrea Nann with Helen Yung with music by Gord Downie. Introducing the Shebang Process and our holistic values through work with community groups Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Young Centre City Choir.
'Tell Me Everything' is a 7-min. short produced, directed and edited by Brian D. Johnson in 2006, and funded by Bravo!FACT. In this version, John Gzowski's score was mixed by Ed Saunders, Leonard Cohen's engineer, and it foregrounds Leonard on jaw harp and Anjani Thomas on vocals. Andrea Nann performed and choreographed the dance sequences.
'Tell Me Everything' is available on HDCAM, but this is a standard definition upload.