Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
Part of Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF)
A rhizome is an underground plant whose stem grows horizontally, emitting roots and herbaceous shoots. Rhizomes have no centre and grow indefinitely. Older parts die and new shoots grow, allowing it to cover large areas. Inspired by rhizomes, this dance project is a site specific contact dance performance involving seventy dancers of all ages and abilities, and ten musicians. It takes place as the sun rises. Bodies intertwine, fall and rise, form nodes and pull apart. Locations are chosen for historical significance – often places where death and violence occurred. Rizoma is a regrowth, a healing, and a return to human connection. This a film of a version that was performed at Rovereto, the field of peace in remembrance of the fallen soldiers of every war. The backdrop of passing fog and clouds and the Bell of the Fallen (the largest working bell in the world) is visually stunning.