The Courtyard Commission: Dispersion

Performance engages architecture in an Islamic garden with Scheherazaad Cooper, Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee.

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Dispersion is a site-specific audio-visual dance performance featuring dancers Sophia Wolfe and Alex Tam, choreographed by Ralph Escamillian, visual projections by Nancy Lee and Laine Butler and musical composition and clarinet performance by Kiran Bhumber.

Creative Team

  • Director & Visual Artist – Nancy Lee
  • Visual & Installation Artist – Laine Butler
  • Music Composition & Clarinet Performance – Kiran Bhumber
  • Choreography – Ralph Escamillan
  • Dance Performance – Sophia Wolfe & Alex Tam

The Courtyard Commission emerged from a desire to re-imagine and re-envision the potential of the beautiful courtyard space at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. What happens when a group of innovative artists are brought into an inspiring space? What will they see, and what will it inspire them to create? How will a courtyard whose design draws from the traditions of Islamic gardens— built initially for an immigrant community developing roots in Canada—speak to others who may not have direct access to the significance the space holds for a particular community? | Read more.

Conversation with the artists Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee

The Ismaili Centre's marble exterior inspired us (Laine Butler & I) to develop visuals to project on to the building using paint. We video recorded the microscopic process of paint marbling on a small canvas using a 90mm marcroscopic lens. Kiran Bhumber composed the music inspired by our visuals. Ralph Escamillan choreographed movement with Sophia Wolfe and Alex Tam inspired by the ritual of garment wearing practices and the space in the courtyard. | Read more.

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