I think about the sensation of air and the properties of air and how observing wind storms, tornadoes or just the huge power of nature makes me feel.
—Jolene Bailie, choreographer
"Air" is the inspiration for Inspiro, the latest creation of choreographer Jolene Bailie for Gearshifting Performance Works. But it's more than that. It is also about breath, wind, motion, the environment and our relationship to it. It's even about windmills and how they alter the flight paths of migratory birds.
"I think about the sensation of air and the properties of air and how
observing wind storms, tornadoes or just the huge power of nature makes
me feel," explains Bailie.
Inspiro is the word for "to breathe into," also to excite or to inspire.
Jolene Bailie, Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works (CBC)
This non-stop full-length work demands its five dancers to leap in the air, twirl each other around, somersault, you name it. "It's physically demanding," Bailie admits. "The physicality and the demands of dance are something you train for and work for your entire life."
Bailie started Gearshifting Performance Works in 2000 after completing her dance studies at The School of Contemporary Dancers.
For a decade she gave solo performances. Recently the company has grown into an ensemble of dancers.Inspiro gets a preview performance Thursday, April 19, followed by three more performances April 20 through 22 at The University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.