Lucy M. May, Untitled (Self Portrait), 2008.
The Canadian Society for Dance Studies invited me to speak at a York University conference: SACRE CELEBRATION: Revisiting, Reflecting, Revisioning on a panel, alongside Natalie Rewe and Hilary Bryan. We spoke on the subject of Marie Chouinard’s Rite of Spring.
I considered the appropriateness of a “petri dish” image, as suggested by Bryan, in reference to the choreographic structure and content of the piece. I spoke to its history and to its transmission over the past two decades, from and to each new generation of dancers performing the piece. I also reflected on the learning process and my own personal developments over three years dancing the work.