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Kelowna arts festival finds collaborative solution to performing in a pandemic

The Collective Body will be broadcast each night of the Living Things Festival.
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January 10, 2021 - 12:31 PM

The fifth annual Living Things Festival is set to launch today with a new, pandemic-mindful approach.

Since artists and musicians were unable to meet this year due to the pandemic and provincial health orders, organizer of the festival and UBC Okanagan professor Neil Cadger asked participants to collaborate like a game of telephone through music and dance.

“Given the circumstances of social isolation and public gatherings, I thought why don’t we have a kind of telephone… I know a lot of performers around Canada and internationally and thought ‘how can I bring them together?’” he said.

In order to collaborate with each other, dancers created a one-minute video of a different body part and sent the videos to musicians to match with music. That music was then sent to different dancers to create dances to go with and so on.

“It went down the line like, each person influencing the other and now we’re putting it all together which is very complex,” Cadger said.

The festival is set to launch in Kelowna on Sunday, Jan. 10 and will run until Jan. 30. The outcome of the game of telephone, called The Collective Body, will be broadcast at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. The Collective Body will run from 5-9 p.m. every night during the festival. It is free to attend.

In addition, Objects in Motion—a selection of animated films that push narrative boundaries returns on Jan. 19 and Jan. 26. Tickets start at $15 and films will be shown on Kelowna’s Unicorns live streaming platform, according to a Living Things press release.

The festival will wrap up with The Book of My Shames presented with Opera Kelowna—an original solo chamber opera. Due to public health advisories, the final details around The Book of My Shames are still being worked out, according to Living Things.

Those interested in this event are encouraged to keep an eye on the Living Things website, Facebook and Instagram channels and to sign up for the festival’s newsletter to stay in the loop.

All Living Things events will follow appropriate public health guidance.


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