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Harmonizing art and community: 'Moving Parts' is presented at Guelph Dance Festival

This groundbreaking show blends dance, music, and choral performances to explore unity and conflict resolution in a divided world.
Photo of Fujiwara Dance Inventions by Fran Chudnoff

The Guelph Dance Festival, happening May 31 to June 2, eagerly anticipates its presentation of Moving Parts, a show that beautifully combines dance, music, and choral elements to delve into complexity and human connection themes in our increasingly divided world.

Denise Fujiwara, the artistic director of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, choreographs the performance. Moving Parts crafts a unique space where dancers sing, singers move, and the audience is encouraged to harmonize, fostering unity and understanding. 

The Guelph Chamber Choir is also joining the collaborative project for the upcoming performances.

"During these challenging times, with societal divides deepening, I was driven by a curiosity about handling conflict with grace and kindness," said Fujiwara. "This performance is our way of exploring these questions dynamically and engagingly."

Denise Fujiwara, a renowned figure in the dance community, choreographs, performs, and teaches in Tkaronto. Her internationally recognized works deeply engage with the art of dance and the creative process.

Fujiwara Dance Inventions is known for its innovative dance-theatre projects that have substantially contributed to the dance community globally. The company strives to blur the boundaries between performers and audiences, creating a shared space of creativity and interaction.

The ensemble features accomplished dancers, including Sylvie Bouchard, Jen Hum, Mayumi Lashbrook, Michael Mortley, Lucy Rupert, and Brodie Stevenson. Their performances are accompanied by vocal leaders Annabelle Chvostek, Mike Evin, and Laurel MacDonald, with Eve Goldberg on ukulele, David Woodhead on bass and Cathy Nosaty, the choir conductor.

Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Charlene Pauls, the Guelph Chamber Choir enriches this collaboration by integrating choral music with dance, pushing artistic boundaries and deepening audience connection. "This collaboration with Guelph Dance is an exhilarating opportunity for us," remarked Dr. Pauls.

With over 25 years in choral music, Dr. Pauls is a revered conductor and educator who has led choirs to international success and acclaim.

The audience can expect an evocative musical lineup featuring songs like "Mad World" by Roland Orzabal, "That's Enough" by the Thompson Family, and "Rise Up" by the Parachute Club.

Teagan Ariss, the Communications and Development Coordinator for Guelph Dance, emphasized the festival's broad appeal. "Moving Parts is a key highlight in a festival brimming with interactive and dynamic performances, reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of contemporary dance," said Ariss.

Moving Parts offers more than just a performance; it's an invitation to be part of a profound exploration of harmony and connection. Dr. Pauls added, "The message, centred on finding common ground and nurturing peace, is vitally important, particularly now."

The Guelph Dance Festival, scheduled for May 31 to June 2, is set to be a memorable experience for all attendees. Moving Parts promises to be a performance that not only entertains but also encourages reflection and engagement.

Please visit the Guelph Dance website for tickets and further details.

Audiences from previous performances have lauded Moving Parts for its emotional and uplifting impact, and many have returned to relive the unique fusion of music and movement.

A project of this scale is only possible with additional financial support. Bringing Moving Parts to Guelph was made possible with the support of TD Ready Commitment. 

Photo of Jera Wolfe by Aleksander Antonijevic