I had the immense honour of participating in a course at the University of Toronto, called Composing for Dance. Under the direction of Professor Norbert Palej and choreographer Angela Blumberg, twelve composers and six guest choreographers crafted and collaborated on a grand total of twenty-four pieces! A selection of our final projects were chosen to be performed at the 2017 New Music Festival. 

I must express my utmost gratitude to all of the composers, choreographers, and musicians who were part of this course. It gave me the most joy to soak up all the creative energy and was such a treat to work with and witness such talent!

Interplay

"Interplay, noun: the way in which two or more things have an effect on each other.
I was fascinated with the concept of a dancer, live musicians, and improvised live electronics all interacting and influencing each other in an improvisational manner, rather than the typical predetermined composition to which most dance is set. Using contact microphones, the dancer is enhanced, and encompasses the roles of performer, conductor, and musician." - Steven Webb, Composer


2017 New Music Festival: Composing for Dance Concert
Composed by Steven Webb
Choreographed & Danced by Ming-Bo Lam
Percussion by Jonny Smith
Violin by Alice Hong
Filmed by Aria Evans
Facilitated by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

At the Present Rate of Progress

"The human capacity to learn remains a great wonder, with the capacity to grow and evolve on both a physical and intellectual level. The choreography of this piece embodies the very essence of internal growth and the externalization of its process. Throughout the piece, the dancer explores her capabilities to grow, become self aware, and continuously refine herself. In the midst of this limitless capacity we must ask ourselves: if fear did not cloud our potential for growth, what would we be able to achieve?" - Stephanie Orlando, Composer

2017 New Music Festival: Composing for Dance Concert
Composed by Stephanie Orlando
Choreographed & Danced by Ming-Bo Lam
Percussion by Jonny Smith
Filmed by Aria Evans
Facilitated by the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

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