Tara Butler and Nomi Wiersma

Movement Betwixt Worlds: Movement Based Creation

Led by Tara Butler

7pm-9pm March 9

Femme Folks Fest is delighted to premiere a new Movement Based Creation Unit during this years Fest! Movement Betwixt Worlds is a 6-week creation unit where each participant will create their own unique, movement based theatre piece facilitated and by Tara Butler.

Each week we will start with a short warm up getting the joints and muscles moving. The warm up will reconnect us with our bodies and serve to ground our energy. This will also calm our minds and wake up our creative instincts. I will lead a movement improvisation using specific instructions to get the body moving naturally.

Each week I will assign different tasks to develop and produce movement phrases. Participants will be encouraged to follow their own personal instincts and understand that all movement is dance. We will discover together how events, feelings, words, and experiences can be expressed through movement. We will combine some of our solo material to create unison sections as well as potentially breaking into duets, solos and trios. At the end of each session we will share with each other what we have created.

Participant Requirements:

  • Device to access Zoom that has a microphone and camera (there will be some on-camera sharing during the workshop)
  • Notebook and writing tool
  • Comfy clothes
  • Some space to move around safely

Class session is limited to 10. To apply please submit the following to: hello@previous.femmefolksfest.ca

  • A brief Statement of Interest describing why you want to attend the session.
  • Resume or CV. (max. 2 pages)

All Sessions run Tuesday Evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM
March 9-May 25.

WEEK 1 MARCH 9: Premiering during Femme Folks Fest
Creating movement based on 3 personal life experiences/memories.

WEEK 2 March 30:
Creating movement based on 3 experiences/ memories that took place during pandemic.

WEEK 3 April 13:
Creating 2 movements and connecting them to each participants 2 movements, creating a longer movement phrase.

WEEK 4 April 27:
Creating movement based on word association.

WEEK 5 May 11:
Reviewing all choreography and movement phrases and piecing them together.

WEEK 6: May 25:
Solidifying our creation and showing the work.Participants are welcome to invite guests for our zoom showing on the last session.

Tara began her career with The National Ballet of Canada after graduating from the National Ballet School. She then danced for The Alberta Ballet and was Principal dancer for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen for 16 years. Bengt J├Ârgen created many lead roles in full length ballets for Tara including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Anastasia, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to guest perform internationally with The Hong Kong Ballet, The Ohio Ballet, Banff Festival Ballet and The Miami Hispanic International Ballet Festival. She has worked with many of Canada’s most sought after choreographers including Gioconda Barbuto, Roberto Campanella, Robert Desrosiers, Robert Glumbek, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Malgorzata Nowaka-May, Crystal Pite, Kathleen Rea, and Wen Wei Wang. Tara worked on many creative dance project with Proartedanza, DNA Theatre, and Allison Cummings and was featured in Michael Greyeyes short dance film ‘Seven Seconds’. Tara was also part of the award winning dance film ‘Old Country’ by Allen Kaeja. Since moving to Kitchener and having her second child Tara has been teaching and coaching young dancers, choreographing, and performing as a freelance artist. Tara was invited to be a part Allen and Karen Kaeja’s Dance Ontario Lifetime achievement award performance in January 2020. Tara will be creating a full evening of dance which will be presented at The Registry Theatre in 2021 . She is thrilled to be sharing and creating with the community in partnership with Pat The Dog Theatre.