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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