standing on fishes (part 1)
by Blue Ceiling Dance
Inspired by a line from a poem by Rilke, this dance is about the mutability of life and the futility of trying to stay still. Everything keeps moving. The oddness of looking forward and backward in time at once can make for a clumsy but deep dive into the fishy waters of constant change, all the while playing a game for which the rules are tirelessly rewritten by the heart.
Lucy has made this work in honour of her mother, and in an odd celebration of reaching the same age her mother was when she died.
Lucy is a member of CADA-East member
Thank you to Sandra Mogensen, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Yvonne Ng. And always, Dennes and Pablo.
“Choreographer Lucy Rupert has an immense imagination…[she is] someone who is not afraid to make the audience work a little – which is a good thing.”
– Globe and Mail
“I swear to you it was like watching liquid onstage; her every move flowed into the next. Rupert manages to effortlessly evoke animals with sudden glances over her shoulder, the desperation to scratch an itch, scurrying across the floor on her haunches, while simultaneously keeping her humanity front and centre. It was a fine balance to watch unfold.…I could not look away. I was just absolutely stunned. The time flew by and I did not want it to end. I could’ve watched Rupert all night.”
– Mooney on Theatre
September 23 – 25, 2021
Lucy Rupert is a freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher and the artistic director of Blue Ceiling dance (founded 2004). With Blue Ceiling dance, Lucy has created, produced, and commissioned over two-dozen contemporary dance and multi-disciplinary performance works and travelled with repertoire to Germany, Montreal, New York and throughout Ontario. Her choreography has embodied such topics as environmental threats, the physical nature of light, and the growth of cancer cells.
As a freelance artist, Lucy has performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions (2010-present), Theatre Rusticle (2001-2017), Chartier Danse, Anandam Dance Theatre, Little Pear Garden Collective, Theatre Passe-Muraille, Martha Hart, Angela Blumberg, Circus Orange and Sashar Zarif Dance, among others. She has also performed in dance films and music videos, including the award-winning Sarah Slean video, “The Rose”, directed by CJ Wallis, and “Walls” choreographed by Denise Fujiwara for musician Annabelle Chvostek.
Lucy has a Joint Honours B.A. in Dance and Music from the University of Waterloo – the singular degree of this kind ever granted. She has an MA in History from the University of Toronto. A lifelong learner, Lucy writes about art and science and interviews scientists through blueceilingdance.blogspot.com.
Canadian pianist Sandra Mogensen is equally at home in two worlds: performing as a solo pianist and co-performing with singers in recital. She has played in concert in both capacities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria. Sandra is also well-known as a vocal coach and piano pedagogue. She is known for her exquisite interpretations of Schubert and Grieg, among others. She was also Lucy Rupert’s piano professor at the University of Waterloo 1993-1996 and beyond. Sandramogensen.com
Sky fairchild-waller is an artist and creative consultant currently based in Toronto. His artistic work has been presented in Assisi, Beijing, Boston, Brooklyn, Cairo, Calgary, Cologne, Montréal, New Delhi, São Paulo, Toronto, Turin, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Zürich. A former student of Canada’s National Ballet School, Sky received an HBFA and HBA from York University, and an MA from the University of Toronto. Sky served on the Board of Directors of Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média and was a founding member of The Love-In’s Board of Directors. Sky has performed in work by Reid Anderson, James Kudelka, Yoshi Oida, Tino Sehgal, Twyla Tharp, Diane Borsato, Brendan Fernandes, David Frankovich, John Greyson, Will Kwan, Derek Liddington, Heather Nicol, Tracey Norman, and Lucy Rupert.