Transcript: 'The Dreamers Ever Leave You' | Sep 02, 2016

An animation shows people at an art gallery.

A caption reads "The Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Ballet of Canada are teaming up for an immersive ballet about the work of Lawren Harris. It’s called ‘The dreamers ever leave you’."

The caption changes to "Robert Binet. Choreographer, National Ballet of Canada."

Robert is in his twenties, with curly brown hair and wears a blue T-shirt and a gray and beige jacket.

A series of Harris’ paintings appear on screen.

He says WHAT REALLY ATTRACTED ME
TO HARRIS' WORK WAS
THAT HE REALLY SHOWS
NATURE FOR ITS
SPIRITUAL POWER, NOT
AS IF IT LITERALLY EXISTS.
IT'S NOT A DEPICTION OF
A MOUNTAIN OR A TREE
AS WE KNOW IT IN
REALITY, BUT HE STRIPS
EVERYTHING AWAY AND SHOWS
REALLY SORT OF WHAT THE
NATURE MAKES US FEEL AND
THE POWER IT HAS OVER US
AND THE CONNECTION
WE HAVE TO IT.
AND THAT'S QUITE SIMILAR
TO WHAT WE DO IN DANCE.

A clip shows a rehearsal with the caption "The dreamers ever leave you at the National Ballet."

Robert says AND ESPECIALLY IN BALLET.
YOU KNOW, WE ABSTRACT
THE BODY FROM HOW
WE NORMALLY STAND AND
MOVE AND GESTURE
AND COMMUNICATE INTO
A VERY ARTICULATED
LOAD OF MOVEMENT AND
EXPRESSION THAT'S REALLY
ABOUT SHOWING THE SPIRITUALITY
AND SHOWING WHAT'S INSIDE
A PERSON ON THE
PHYSICAL BODY.

The caption changes to "The performances take place at the AGO, during the Lawren Harris exhibit, ‘The idea of the North’."

Robert says HE TAKES THESE FORMS
THAT HAVE NO MOVEMENT.
YOU KNOW, A TREE THAT'S
SO DEAD THERE'S NO BARK,
AND IT'S SPLIT RIGHT
DOWN THE MIDDLE.
AND YOU KNOW THERE'S
NO JUICE IN THOSE ROOTS.
IT'S DEAD.
BUT THE WAY HE LIGHTS
IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S
SPIRALING AND CRANING
UP TOWARDS THE SKY,
OR THESE SORT OF HILLY ISLANDS
COMING OUT OF THE WATER,
THE WAY HE PAINTS
THEM WITH THE LIGHT,
THEY LOOK LIKE THEY COULD
BE UNDULATING UP AND DOWN.
AND AS A CHOREOGRAPHER
LOOKING AT FORMS OR SHAPES
OR POSITIONS THAT HAVE
NO NATURAL MOVEMENT
AND THINKING ABOUT HOW TO
IMBUE THOSE WITH MOVEMENT IS
A REALLY INTERESTING WAY
TO APPROACH CREATING DANCE.

The caption changes to "The exhibit covers Harris’ early to mid-career. Including his early explorations of Toronto long-gone neighbourhood, ‘The Guard.’ But ‘The dreamers ever leave you’ is mostly inspired by his later work idealizing the north coast of Lake Superior and the Arctic."

Robert says ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
BOTH DREW ME TO HIS
PAINTINGS AND MADE
ME A BIT AFRAID OF
TAKING THIS IDEA ON WAS
THAT THEY'RE COMPLETELY
ABSENT OF PEOPLE.
SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE
TRYING TO HAVE THE DANCERS
PLAY THE CHARACTERS
IN THE PAINTINGS.
WE'RE JUST TRYING TO TAKE
THIS ENERGY AND RECREATE IT
THROUGH A COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT MEDIUM.
BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL
HUMANIZE THAT ENERGY
AND THAT SPIRIT THAT
HARRIS CREATED
BECAUSE IT'S COMING THROUGH
HUMANS TO THE AUDIENCE.
AND MY HOPE IS THAT THAT
WILL MAKE IT VERY ALIVE
AND FEEL LIKE THEY'RE
VERY A PART OF IT
AND NOT PUSHED
AWAY FROM IT.

(music plays)

Logo: TVO.

Produced by Michael Lehan.

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