SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE
Celeste's site-specific performance of dance and poetry in the natural world explores the relationship between ecology and the arts through a pedagogy of place. These sites are spaces between land and sea, including marine and shoreline parks to botanical gardens.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE WITH THE UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN
Through an artistic and performative lens Celeste created and shared full-length performances out of each season in connection to plants and trees which are both indigenous to British Columbia, and from all over Asia. In interpreting the garden through dance and poetry, the audience and Celeste walk into the richness of magnolias and maples, cedar and rhododendrons and the lushness of what the garden offers. Following are excerpts from video shorts in the garden and links to some of the poetry from Celeste's artistic inquiry.
READ: The Fruitful Dark of Winter: Reflection Poems
READ: Incarnatas: An Artist in Residence Practice in the UBC Botanical Gardens by Celeste Snowber
DANCES IN COVID TIMES: BROKEN UP
A small site-specific performance interpreting Mary Oliver's poem, Everything That Was Broken performed by Celeste Snowber. Filmed on location at Colony Farm Regional Park in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
DANCES IN COVID TIMES: LOST LIPS OF LISTENING
A danced poem which is part of a larger article entitled, "Dancesong" by Celeste Snowber which explores the author’s somatic and dance practice in times of isolation in a pandemic; walking, dancing and writing in sites in proximity to her home. On the edge of wild and urban landscape as well as the inner landscape of fragility, she takes her feet walking as a way of opening up attention and exploring the intimacy of embodied ways of inquiry. Filmed on location at Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby, B.C. Canada.
DANCING IN COVID TIMES: DISSOLVING ALL BOUNDARIES
Filmed on location at Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.
IN THE PRAISE OF THE SEA
Part of a series of short site-specific movement pieces exploring the meeting between the land and sea.
This performance celebrates the relationship with nature, and self, exploring our interface with ocean, land and sky. Filmed at Montague Harbour Marine Trail on Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada.