A great rehearsal with The Wind In The Leaves Collective last night, preparing for our performance of Fleurette Africaine this Friday the 17th. We’ve had a few rehearsals now, getting reacquainted with our repertoire. There have also been new additions to the collective, reshuffling of characters and parts, and evolution of choreography and staging. It … Continue reading It’s a family affaire. WITL: Fleurette Africaine
in the landscape of toronto's dance community, we occupy a unique space. in looking at the african diasporic reach and the inter-relationships with brazilian and latino and amerindian expressions, we use various music genres. while we rely principally on contemporary improvisation (mostly in the jazz tradition), we also use western minimalism, folk and blues. this … Continue reading On the uniqueness of Wind in the Leaves
i've been asked several times "what is unique about the 'wind in the leaves collective'?" this is an interesting question and, i suppose, every artist and arts' group likely has to answer this to give some insight into the creative gifts they have and want to share. for 'wind in the leaves collective', i often … Continue reading a word on the wind in the leaves by artistic director charles c. smith
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The work involved in creating a collaborative artistic product is never easy . Most of the members are experienced artists in their own right. Why join a collective where opinion and input matters but cannot all be taken into consideration for every project? What is our collective voice? This is one of my main questions … Continue reading wind in the leaves: a reflection by Kevin Ormsby