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. 

Had you encountered Tafelmusik prior to this collaboration?

Read Full Story
Jul 20, 2021

Tafel Magazine: Grand Illusion

This article is drawn from the third issue of Tafel: our magazine for the musically curious. Offered three times a year, this publication will, we hope, welcome new friends as well as extend the rich conversations we are already having with so many of you. Read the entire third issue here.

Grand Illusion
By Luisa Trisi

What do music and magic have in common? There’s more to it than meets the eye.

Jul 19, 2021

Tafel Magazine: In Conversation with Conductor Marlon Daniel on composer Joseph Bologne

This article is drawn from the third issue of Tafel: our magazine for the musically curious. Offered three times a year, this publication will, we hope, welcome new friends as well as extend the rich conversations we are already having with so many of you. Read the entire third issue here.
 
In Conversation: Conductor Marlon Daniel on composer Joseph Bologne
 
Jul 18, 2021

Tafel Magazine: Fashion Forward

This article is drawn from the third issue of Tafel: our magazine for the musically curious. Offered three times a year, this publication will, we hope, welcome new friends as well as extend the rich conversations we are already having with so many of you. Read the entire third issue here.

Fashion Forward
By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida

Anticipating the Revival of the Baroque Spirit in a Post-Pandemic World

Jul 15, 2021

That's a wrap! A look back at 2020/21

As summer deepens and we look back over the past season, the word gratitude jumps to mind. Gratitude for the joy and beauty that music brings. Gratitude for the support of our donors and audience members. Gratitude for the dedication and commitment of our musicians, staff, and board. And gratitude for those whose passionate leadership paved the way for Tafelmusik to thrive for more than four decades.