Blue Ceiling dance will be staging and premiering Animal Vegetable Mineral in the historic Forest School, the High Park Nature Centre's new home on the grounds of High Park.
Animal Vegetable Mineral is an ensemble dance work in which the dancers' bodies are ecosystems built on imagery related to the basic building blocks of life: animal, vegetable and mineral. These embodied ecosystems interact and collide, highlighting the interdependence of all life on earth. The cast includes choreographer Lucy Rupert and a diverse range of Toronto's most compelling contemporary dancers.
Blue Ceiling dance aims to enrich audience experience through imaginative staging, setting dance works in unusual ways and places that are integral to the source of inspiration. The High Park Nature Centre is an exquisite and historic building set in a beautiful environment.
"Rupert is a choreographer with an immense imagination. She is not afraid to make the audience work a little, which is a good thing." Paula Citron, Globe and Mail
photo of Bee Pallomina, Jennifer Bolt and Lucy Rupert in Blue Ceiling dance's 11 x forgetting
photo by Jeremy Brace
Through artistic brainstorming, outreach and engagement activities in partnership with the High Park Nature Centre staff, we hope to introduce new people to the High Park Nature Centre and new people to contemporary dance, in a way mirroring the interaction and interdependence of ecosystems.
Also partnering with Blue Ceiling dance is the Dance Umbrella of Ontario as Blue Ceiling artistic director Lucy Rupert won the #DoItWithDUO contest earlier this spring.
Sky Fairchild-Waller, Lucy Rupert, Peter Quanz and Elke Schroeder in Blue Ceiling dance's dead reckoning
photo by Omer Yukseker
The High Park Nature Centre is a non-profit organization that was established in 1999. The centre promotes awareness and respect for nature through outdoor environmental education and park stewardship. Nature Centre programs inspire a sense of wonder, knowledge and respect for High Park's natural systems; restore human connections to local plants and animals; and engage children and families in ecological restoration activities to ensure a sustainable future for High Park for generations to come.
The High Park Nature Centre serves a diverse audience from across the Greater Toronto Area, including children, families, elementary and secondary school students and teachers, ESL schools, day care centres, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, community centres and recreational programs. Through the Nature Centre's programs, over 70,000 participants of all ages have been able to "give back" to High Park through park stewardship activities like planting native grasses, wildflowers and sedges or removing invasive plant species.
Blue Ceiling dance is a contemporary dance and multi-disciplinary performance company operating in the not-for-profit model. Led by choreographer/performer Lucy Rupert, the company aims to reveal the virtuosity of the body that is born of the imagination, while investigating the relationship between scientific and artistic processes. Repertoire has toured throughout Ontario and to Montreal, New York and Stuttgart Germany. Blue Ceiling dance maintains a firm connection to arts advocacy and engagement by holding affordable and free events such as open rehearsals, community performances and movement classes for professional dancers, musician, designers and anyone who enjoys moving.
photo of Lucy Rupert in High Park by Jeremy Brace
Artistic director Lucy Rupert's parents were conservationists who co-founded the Lambton Wildlife Association, and her childhood was spent rehabilitating hawks and owls in the garage, raising butterflies in the bathroom and birdwatching the spring migration at Point Pelee National Park (where, not coincidentally, her older sister Sarah Rupert now works). With a long son now, Lucy's drive is even stronger to connect her art form and her audiences to love, respect and protective spirit for nature and the environment.
"The time flew by and I did not want it to end. I could've watched Rupert all night." Madeline Copp, Mooney on Theatre
More details on Animal Vegetable Mineral will be released soon. In the meantime any inquiries can be directed to:
Lucy Rupert, Artistic director, choreographer and dancer
Blue Ceiling dance