YorkSpace Streaming

A collection and re-creation of Bahamian traditional dances
Consists of a portion of a major research project completed through York University's Department of Dance by Roderick T. Johnson, focusing on the history and development of traditional dances in the Bahamas, including quadrille, heel and toe polka, calypso waltz, sculling dance, ring play dances (brown girl in the ring, bellaby, jump-in-dance, knock the conch style), and festival dances (junkango dance, goombay dance, fire dance). Video credits include: Artistic director/producer: Roderick T. Johnson Videoproducer/director: Peter Freele Videographer: Kouladjie Kambiz Costume designer: Roderick T. Johnson Narrator: Hal Sullivan Script Editor: Rebecca Brosseau, Mary Jane Warner Dance Segment Production: Video Department, York University Studio and post-production facilities: Division of Instructional Development, University of Windsor. Committee Members: Mary Jane Warner, Nina De Shane, Jeff Henry Dancers: Marion Eva Waldamann, Gregor Breedy, Patrick Parson, Rebecca Brosseau, Roderick Johnson, Urie P. Thomas Special Thanks: Dr. Mary Jane Warner, York University Dance Department, Marshall Pynkoski, Jeannette Zingg, Rebecca Brosseau, Constance Hammermaister, Millicent Johnson, John Wilson, Dr. Walter Zingg, Dr. Gail Saunders, Clement Bethel, Keva Bethel, Cris Leelan, Bill Galligan, Beverly Johnson, Victor Johnson. Music: "Bone Fish Medley" by Kayla Edwards and the Research Group, Heel and Toe Polka by the American Folkway Society, "Bellamena" arranged by Clement Bethel, Produced by Kayla and the Research Group, 1990; "Brown Skin Gal" by Joseph Spence, "Junckango Dance" by Bahamian Junkanoo Band, "Goonbay Dance" by Bahamian Goombay Band, and "Fire Dance" recorded by Marshall Stern (American Folkway Society).
Guest Lecture by Garry Geddes
Consists of a recorded guest lectured by Gary Geddes at the Faculty of Health's School of Nursing.
Painting on Film with Adam Wolfond
Adam explores painting on clear 16mm film using sticks and other materials. When dried and projected, the film footage is an explosion of colours, textures and rhythms. This is a new film clip from our artistic explorations about pace, sticks and its materialization with film. This came about as Adam and I discussed how he pixelates, or "frames" movement with the repetition of videos (with the quick clicks of a computer mouse), uses flipbook animation to study movement, waves sticks and flicks water to also pace movement. He thinks about the way his body tics "to feel the world..." and how it hesitates because "I feel the world too much." Hesitation and movement "dance" - like flicked sticks and watercolour - as a way to move within a barrage of sensory-motor stimuli. Adam became interested in the 8mm camera and its sounds as well as the movement of colour on film itself. Slowing down the movement provides the opportunity to study its patterns. It allows a ticcing-moving in slowmo (abeit in seconds), a movement-ephemera. This is the creative "stimvention" (playing on the words "stim" and invention) using various materials - in this case film, sticks, paint - to think differently about diversity, movement and becoming. It pulses beyond the pathology paradigm where autistic movement is characterized as a problem rather than for creative invention and contribution. And more importantly, Adam loves to watch it for its own sake.
Traditional Folk Dances from the Bahamas
Consists of a portion of a major research project completed through York University's Department of Dance by Roderick T. Johnson, focusing on the history and development of traditional dances in the Bahamas. Video credits include: Music by Kayla Edwards and Ed Moxey Advisors Nina De Shane, mary Jane Warner and Jeffrey Henry Editors Ethan Clarke, Wendell Cleare and Charles Smith Camera operators Roderick Johnson, Wendell Cleare, Charles Knowles and Ethan Clarke Dancers Kelvin Cooper, Vickie Duvalier, Sharon Martin, Ernest H. Peterson, Baronda Dinon, Roderick Johnson, Kathleen Wallace, Ian Smith, Sean Straehan, Graham Thordarson, Tara O'Leary, Leila Leam, Dorothea Whitlock and Dorothy Moss. Video credits include thanks to Mrs. Pauline Glasby, Mr. Winston Saunders, Mrs. Kava Bethel, Mrs. Rogecca Dockins, Mrs. Gelina Wells, Mrs. Beverley Thatcher, Mr. Hartman Muncure, Mrs. Rosemary Johnson, Mr. Iris Muncure, Mrs. Audrey Wright, Dr. Clevin Eneis, Mr. Marshall Pynkoski, Mrs. Ernestine Dean, Mr. Andrea Mitchell, Ms. Racy Thompson, Ms. Constance Hammermeister, as well as The College of the Bahamas and the Dundas Performing Arts., Acknowledged sponsors include the Clement E. Bethel Scholarship Award and The Bahamas National Dance Theatre Company.