Performance Art

  • A Dance Film about Epilepsy. Making Sense of Something That Doesn’t Make Sense is a compilation of dance pieces physicalizing stories and sensations associated with being Epileptic. The film is set in Toronto’s Little Norway Park, the location of Morgan Stasiewicz’s, Artistic Director, location of her final 3 seizures. This film features 6 unique and visually spectacular short films choreographed and adapted for film by Morgan Stasiewicz in association with the dancers. Making Sense was produced in March 2022 which is Epilepsy Awareness month and marked Stasiewicz’s 5-year seizure-free milestone. All information about the film can be found at https://www.morganstasiewicz.com/makingsense. ⚡️Aura⚡️ Performed by Abbey Richens A phenomenon found in meditation and in the moments leading up to a seizure. This feeling of your mind being separate from your body. An Aura, whether it’s within your control or not, is seeing yourself from within. ⚡️Static⚡️ Performed by Hailey Gardiner We’ve all felt the shock of static. In epilepsy, a seizure is the misfiring of electricity in the brain that affects the entire body. This piece is a representation of the body reacting to abnormal brain activity, similar to if your entire being was filled with static electricity. ⚡️Signals⚡️ Performed by Isa Estrada The nervous system is a series of pathways connecting the brain to your body. Our brains send out signals that trigger our rhythmic heartbeat and the way our body moves along with in. Even when having a seizure, the heart keeps beating. ⚡️Tracks⚡️ Performed by Maggie Lucas The juxtaposition of being most in control when surrounded by chaos. The power of taking what you need in any moment. The calm of tuning out to tune in. Blissfully listening to your music and thoughts while on a busy subway. https://www.canadianepilepsyalliance.org/making-sense-of-something-that-doesnt-make-sense/  
  • A dance film about dance in 2020 choreographed and filmed entirely over Zoom. The piece is an edit-free screen recording of a Zoom call featuring 13 York University Dance students in their homes, local dance studios and York University dorms. The film was a finale of the dance film showcase, Dance Innovations in 2020. The original score was written by Morgan and Jacob Stasiewicz specifically for this project, titled Evolving Stages and A Cry for Help. What does dance look like in 2020? How can we be together when apart? Performers: Zuri Skeete, Zoë Harrington, Travis Keith, Rosie Halpin, Phoebe Harrington, Mackenzie Graham, Kelsey Bonvie, Emilie Brunelle, Blythe Russel, Abbey Richens, Devyn Rappaport, Kerry Halpin and Nicole Faithfull. Music: “Evolving Stages” and “A Cry for Help” Written by: Morgan Stasiewicz and Jacob Stasiewicz Thank you to my incredible dancers for your commitment, open-mindedness and creativity. You’ve proven that not only can we dance together when apart, but you’ve also proven there is value in the struggles of dance in 2020.  
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