May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment
I have created the soundtrack for an incredible dance piece choreographed by and starring Rachel Wynne. Rachel is the co-founder of dance company Expandance.
“The expandance technique is part meditation, part mindful movement, and part dance improvisation. Because of these three components, it can be (and is) utilized by everyone from professional dancers to people with mobility issues, chronic pain or injury, people undergoing medical treatment, and anyone who wants to be more mobile and present in their bodies.
The technique draws on decades of Rachel and Laurie’s training as professional dancers and choreographers, and also Rachel’s decade-plus of facilitation training in group and individual healing modalities, Laurie’s many years as a Pilates teacher, and various skill sets and other trainings we’ve done over the years – from Thai massage, to clowning, to capoeira, to comedy improv, to yoga, to acting, to directing, to our work teaching all different walks of life, ages and abilities.”
Rachel has created a stunning and, to me, important piece in ‘Barely A Person’. She and director Jessica Headington gathered audio contributions from a number of women discussing their experiences with post partum depression. I took excerpts of these recordings and weaved them through two of my tracks ‘I Hurt So I Cry’ and ‘Hope Springs’ to form the soundtrack to the stunning choreography by Rachel and beautiful filming and cinematography of Dana Hunt and Sean Pettis.
It is featured in the Heroines, Harpies and Harlots festival alongside three other pieces, with interludes by three pre-teen poets. The show will be available for streaming on May 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2pm (PT) and May 8, 14, 15 at 8:30pm (PT) and tickets can be bought on their website.
I was truly honoured to work with the voices of these courageous women and be part of the creation of such a powerful piece.
Barely A Person
Director: Jess Headington
Concept/Choreographer/Dancer: Rachel Wynne
Soundtrack: Laura LAIR
Camera Operator: Dana Hunt
Director of Photography/Editor: Sean Pettis
Special Thanks: Sarah Jenness, Laurie Schneider, Kayli Duncan
-and to all the anonymous mothers who contributed to this piece: Thank you.