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The Share: A family-friendly music and dance event


The Share
by Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood, 2012 Improvisers-in-Residence
Saturday, October 13, 2012 2 PM
Exhibition Park, Guelph, ON

Musagetes and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project co-present Guelph's 2012 Improvisers-in-Residence Susanna Hood (dance artist, choreographer, singer) and Scott Thomson (trombonist, composer), of Montreal. The culmination of their seven-week residency will be The Share, a dynamic and uncommon dance and music event in Exhibition Park on Saturday afternoon, October 13th, 2012 at 2 PM. In case of rain, the event will take place on October 20th, 2012 at 2 PM.

The Share is an invitation to meander through the south end of Exhibition Park to see and hear numerous informal dance and music performances by members of the Guelph community, each in a different location in the Park. Each performance is by a different intergenerational group that has developed and shared material leading up to the event, and in collaboration with local professional artists. The Share is free of admission costs and will be two-to-three hours in duration - feel free to come for the entire event or for any part of it. Come by yourself or with your entire family.

Based in Toronto and Montreal, Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of hum, is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw, and sensual performance work. Most recently Hood was the recipient of the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Dance.

Scott Thomson is a trombonist and composer who works in Montréal and Toronto. He plays in regular ensembles in many styles, and prizes ad hoc improvising as a way to meet many creative people. He has studied with Roswell Rudd, Jean Derome, Eddie Prévost, and John Oswald. Thomson has composed a series of site-specific works that he calls 'cartographic compositions' for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts for which he has had several notable commissions and residencies.

Musagetes is an international organization that seeks to transform contemporary life by working with artists, cultural mediators, public intellectuals and other partners to develop new approaches to building community and culture. Musagetes' activities in Guelph have unfolded as concentric circles, which began in the downtown core. In 2012, we are investigating public space, Guelph's socio-political functions, and how our city operates on various cultural levels.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace