DanceWorks’ Curator, Mimi Beck, programmed the 2015-16 Mainstage series to highlight the fabric of personal interactions, from the upbeat to the tragic. Here, she shares her thoughts about the world premiere of Tribal Crackling Wind’s Woven.

Woven is a major new work created by choreographer Peter Chin, for his company Tribal Crackling Wind. The themes of interconnectivity, diversity, empathy and co-operation with the natural world are all touchstones of Woven. As curator for DanceWorks, I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Peter Chin. I’m drawn to his outstanding imagination and socially conscious approach to contemporary art making. Informed by his research into Asian arts and indigenous performance, Chin’s work is multi-disciplinary, culturally inclusive and breathtakingly original.

The movement language of Woven is visceral and earthy, but conveys the flow and elegance of fine silk. The dancers embrace the spirit of the work, giving it tangible form and awakening our appreciation of its deeper meaning. It is a rare opportunity to encounter such a unique gathering of creators, weaving imagery through imagination, care and commitment. Differences in their artistry, training and personal histories bring greater depth and detail to the performance. Enjoy!

In order to enhance your experience of Woven, Tribal Crackling Wind has commissioned four essays about textile cultures. I invite you to read them at tribalcracklingwind.ca.

– Mimi Beck

DanceWorks presents Woven, choreographed by Peter Chin, from September 24–26 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. You can purchase tickets at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre Box Office or online.

Next up on the Mainstage Series, October 23-24, is Solitudes Solo, an award-winning work for five dancers choreographed by Montreal’s Daniel Léveillé. A work of great intensity, Solitudes Solo focuses on the challenge and joy of life’s solitary journey. You can purcahse tickets at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre Box Office or online.