…but water is like a mirror is an intimate ritual of body and breath. Blood remembers, mind wanders, while water brings the body to find its centre, through colourful currents.
This ritual was inspired by the connection between wounds and nature, and by how the horse spirit can heal the body through breath. Sylvie’s invested relationship with horses and Sashar’s emotional connection to nomadic life and horse spirit, have brought this collaboration to a wholesome place.
The solo choreography uses the unique creative approach to dance called Living Stories that was developed by Sashar Zarif, along with inspirations drawn from Central Asian shamanic cultures, in collaboration with the artistry of Sylvie Bouchard.
...but water is like a mirror is part of a commissioning project that is comprised of solos and duets of 30 minutes each – intimate encounters created by exceptional choreographers with whom Sylvie Bouchard wanted to journey creatively, enabling all collaborators to discover together.
Choreography: Sashar Zarif
Performer: Sylvie Bouchard
Percussion and Vocal: Sashar Zarif and Sylvie Bouchard
Music compositions and arrangements*: Sashar Zarif
Lighting Design: Emerson Kafarowski
Costume Design: Sashar Zarif
Stage Manager: Taylor Young
Outside Eye: Katherine Duncanson
* The song Gunduz Gece is a masterpiece that legendary Turkish Ashiq Music Master Ashiq Veysel has left behind.
...but water is like a mirror
photos by John Lauener