Nika Stein : story in body

Nika Stein (choreographer)

Fabiola Ugarte, Deepali Lindblom, Yui Ugai (interpreters)

Montreal and Baie Comeau, Quebec, India, Japan


Each brought personal improvisations and stories on the theme "water"


  • To explore the theme through Deepali’s dance genre and cultural understanding.

  • To experiment with Fabiola's sound interpretations as accompaniment and as a motivating force for development.


  • To find the intersection between Nika's way of finding dance through internal impulse and Deepali’s way of first ordering known movement and then discovering the internal life.

  • To interpret transcultural responses to the theme and to link them.

  • To devise a sample performance in a short timeframe through a process that is usually done in a long timeframe.

  • To develop the movement and sound past “descriptive”.


  • Created tangible imaginary environments on land and in water.

  • Found strong balance and interactions between sound and movement.

  • Presented a strong narrative and seamlessly integrated 2 dancers into one role.

  • As director: practised when to be implicit and when to be explicit with collaborators.

  • As interpreters, to allow instinct to to participate in the work.

Next Steps:

  • Develop skill of making sophisticated movement and sound even when generated from internal impulse.

  • Consider what can be gleaned from this CM work to move forward with the project.

  • Continue to investigate how to work within and how to draw the person/self out of the known form, and how to work with what emerges when the known and discovered world connects or disconnect.

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