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You’ve heard the story of Atlas, condemned to hold up the sky for    eternity? Metaphors ring true. Undeterred: we craved relief and found it only in time and light.


"a fleck of dust rises from a shattering shell

a cosmos within a cosmos within a cosmos… your infinity 

finally rising from the darkest well, exploding into sparks"

An attempt to explore the unwinding of tightly wound conscious experience - what is unearthed when it all falls apart. The initial inspiration came from witnessing and researching altered states of consciousness in palliative care as dying minds approach a new reality. Care-taking, grief, confusion, memory, remorse and the entering and exiting of reality.

light from a shattering shell was originally created in spring 2019 with mentorship from Yvonne Coutts (Artistic Director ODD) and with dancers Amanda Bon, Alya Graham, Sarah Hopkin, Kay Kenney and Jessie LHôte. The creation and presentation of this piece in October 2021 was made possible by the generous support of Ottawa Dance Directive. 

Photos: Andrew Balfour

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