Sep 24, 2021

Meet Yiming Cai, Choreographer from our Musik in Motion video

Musik in Motion is a free series of collaborative videos, featuring local artists of diverse art forms. Produced by Puncture Design, and in keeping with our commitment to exploring “baroque and beyond,” this video series invites creative partners to interpret music that is an essential part of Tafelmusik’s signature repertoire.

The latest video in the series is a collaboration with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Choreographed by Guest Choreographer Hanna Kiel, and with rehearsal direction from recent graduate Yiming Cai, this video shows students from the school interpreting a movement from Vivaldi’s concerto for bassoon in D Minor, RV 481, as recorded by Tafelmusik.

To learn more about this collaboration, we spoke with Cai, to ask about his process, his inspiration, and how this Musik in Motion video came to fruition.



Photo credit: Cylla von Tiedemann

Tafelmusik: What does dance education look like right now, during a pandemic, with restrictions on gathering? How does one teach dance online, while continuing to inspire students?

Yiming Cai: Dance training has been largely reduced to moving in front of a screen, usually in isolation. It demands trust and patience, and it can feel rather disorientating initially but the joy of dance is always there. Dancers feel connection and supported when they see their teachers dancing fully embodied and they mirror that sense of enthusiasm. 

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Aug 24, 2021

The New Normal Q&A: Sarah Baumann

In The New Normal—our interview series—we speak to the musicians and staff of Tafelmusik, to ask how working and performing in new ways has changed our routines, and our operations as a performing arts organization.

In our latest, we spoke to Sarah Baumann, our Marketing Director, to understand how she lead our organization through this pandemic; the rewards and challenges of working from home; and what she's most excited about next season. 

Jul 29, 2021

The New Normal Q&A: Annie Slade

Annie Slad
 

In The New Normal—our interview series—we speak to the musicians and staff of Tafelmusik, to ask how working and performing in new ways has changed our routines, and our operations as a performing arts organization.

Jul 23, 2021

Treasuring the past, welcoming the future


Suzie LeBlanc. Photo credit: Tara McMullen.

Suzie LeBlanc’s name is well known to Tafelmusik audiences. Over the years, the beloved soprano has been a frequent guest soloist and has taken part in Tafelmusik recordings, tours, and master classes. In December 2020, we were thrilled to hear that Suzie had been named Artistic and Executive Director of Early Music Vancouver (EMV), an organization that has presented Tafelmusik in concert on many occasions.

Jul 23, 2021

A conversation with Randy Barnard

This summer, we are saying a heartfelt goodbye to our Tafelmusik Media consultant, Randy Barnard, who—after a storied and decades-long career in the industry—is stepping away to embark on new adventures.
 
Before we share our conversation with Randy, he asked that we share this sentiment: