Photo Chris Barton
"We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff." -Carl Sagan
Choreographer/Performer: Amber Funk Barton
Original Sound and Music: Marc Stewart
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Set Design: Andreas Kahre
Styling and Costumes: Jean Okada
Dramaturg: Heather Laura Gray
Rehearsal Direction: Lina Fitzner
Production Manager: Philomena Sondergaard
The rhythm of the body is relentless and its relationship to the universe is constant. The properties found in our blood and bones are also present in the stars. Inspired by personal travels and universal space, VAST is an ode to the explorer that resides in all of us, the traveler and the dreamer who wonders what resides beyond the edge. It is a singular expression of an individual’s choice to be by oneself, a meditation on our limitations as human beings and how despite these limitations we still desire to propel ourselves forward into unknown territory.
The development of VAST has been supported by The City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, New Works, The Landing Dance Centre, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Arts Umbrella, Electric Aura and Dance Victoria.