Dancers Playing Basketball
We are a group of dance artists who have been gathering to play basketball, in which we have varying degrees of experience. Some of us had never touched a ball before. Deanna played in high school. Our coach Katie Lowen played four years of NCAA at SFU. Katie leads us in weekly ‘schoolings’, teaching us ball handling, driving, passing, spacing, shooting, rebounding and defense. We test our skills in half-court play and incorporate other aspects of the game like rules, plays, hand touching, use of voice and performance psychology. We wrap with some dance-basketball talk, sharing what we’re experiencing and how it relates to our artistic practices. We are not caricaturing or imitating basketball players. We are not a group of dancers playing basketball badly (we hope!). With a genuine desire to expand our physical range, we are learning new techniques, building community and developing fresh strategies to move, create, improvise and perform.
These performances are free. Come and enjoy!
producer: Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject
created & played by Katie Lowen & Deanna Peters
in collaboration with players Natalie Gan, Walter Kubanek, Erika Mitsuhashi, Alex Tam & Blake Worthey