The root of my dance practice is in observing, listening, and engaging with senses and surroundings. My choreographic process resembles a participatory ethnography of sorts, with copious conversations, images, and field notes. Especially in the early stages of a project, I look for vivid physical textures, unusual relationships, enveloping sounds, and memories that provoke movement and sensation.
I am in search of a physical language that re-orients the connections between people and what surrounds them. Materials, objects and organisms, as much as humans, carry compelling and unusual movements. What unseen and unspoken connections do we break and build each day? Questioning these intricate associations reveals an intimacy and poetry in the ways we relate to our surroundings. When building a performance, precision and indulgence, together, allow for intricacy and ambiguity of connections to emerge. My role as a dance maker is to invite others to belong in these ephemeral networks and felt landscapes.
Lucy Fandel is a dance artist and writer based in Montreal, who grew up between Boston and Nice, France. Often at the intersection of social, scientific, and artistic movement, her work has been presented in Montréal’s Nuit Blanche, Art Matters and the Festival International du Film Ethnographique de Québec, at ZH Festival and the Camden People’s Theatre in London, England with the interdisciplinary collective Daughter Product. Recently, she danced at Festival Quartier Danse with the collective As They Strike. Lucy is also project consultant for Mouvement Perpétuel (co-directors Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer), and co-organiser of the Montreal creation laboratory Nous Sommes L’Été.