Citadel + Compagnie’s Tyler Gledhill sat down and chatted with choreographer DA Hoskins about the remount of his piece LADY BABY that runs Nov. 21-24, and Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (More info and tickets).
How has your choreography evolved over the years and what has informed it?
There is a liberty of the self out there I’ve been seeking – and digging hard at.
As a queer artist, I consistently work beside a personal association to conformity. This challenge (or gift we shall say) within my own creative, has relentlessly demanded that my art not settle but just go further.
One thing that has evolved from this, is an understanding that my dance works are malleable entities. Not static, not complete but templates of thought, shared exchange and touch that are at hand to further explore. I so value the integrity in the collective exchange in dance, an exercising that can only speak from an investment of the immediate. I have been so very lucky to be part of a body of artists who aspire towards a broadening of personal expression.
That all said, I think I’m finding more and more the liberty I have strived for – alive and owned in my work.
What is the one thing you want people to know about this work?
Inspired by DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover – this new incarnation has a tad more experience under the belt since its premiere at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 10 years ago. The work is now called LADY BABY, and speaks of an entitlement and liberty that is of its own evolution within a landscape of social taboos and ramifications of gender, identity and sexuality.
With a team that includes dance artists Danielle Baskerville, Brodie Stevenson, Sébastien Provencher; writers Jill Battson and Jordan Tannahill; film by Nico Stagias and Audio composition by Omar David Rivero, I am pretty excited and crazy grateful for this exchange.
Check out DA Hoskins/The Dietrich Group’s work, along with work by Allison Cummings and Tori Mehaffey (more info here!)
Photos by DA Hoskins.