An Interview with Eroca Nichols, director of Lady Janitor Productions, Producer of Dance in My Back Yard (DIMBY)

A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event

August 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm, August 28th, 2010 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

171 Havelock St.

Rain or shine

PWYC with suggested donation of $10; No one turned away for lack of funds

Interview by Lucy Rupert

Lucy Rupert: Since you’ve made many site-specific pieces, how do you determine where your dances will take place?

Eroca Nichols: I’m a fan of art in unlikely places and I love playing with the intersection of public and private performance space. I feel that the proscenium stage automatically creates a division between audiences and performers.

LR: There is a strong female presence in the line up for DIMBY, which is very exciting … is this intentional?

EN: There are way more ladies in dance than gents, but it feels like there is an expectation of gender balance within companies. That means a lot of great ladies are not dancing. DIMBY supports emerging choreographers without their own platform, and because there area a lot of women in dance out there looking for and creating their own opportunities, they happen to be women.

LR: Who or what are your greatest inspirations in art-making and art-producing?

EN: In no particular order: Björk for her stage show, Busby Berkeley, Esther Williams; film noir; movies and musicals of the mid 20th century, karaoke; Love and Anarchy by Wertmüller; carnivals (carnies, the bearded lady, strong man, aqua boy etc); my family; love.

LR: Your contribution to this program is Made to Order – part post-modernist improvisation, part theatre game, part audience participation, part sheer daring – have you performed this work before?

EN: Made to Order started out as a series of dance films and was then performed live for pretty massive audiences at Nuit Blanche. With DIMBY, I’m trying to find the right mix of big dancing, theatricality and interaction so that everyone has a good time and good dancing happens.

LR: You are from San Francisco; how do you think California is imprinted in your approach to dance?

EN: I’m sort of a closet hippie, and the Bay Area is arguably the centre of the hippie universe. Much of my desire for inter-activity, audience involvement and making the professional dance community a love-fest stems from my California roots.

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