Three on the Tree Productions, Pender Island, BC

Three on the Tree

A Pender Island Theatre Production Company

Perpetrators of the Magic Lake Lantern Festival


Three on the Tree presents

Anatomica Dance

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Pender Islands Community Hall

A Performance of 3:
Falls the Shadow • At the Ready • Shelter

Solos Featuring
Susan Elliot and Ziyian Kwan

Choreography by Susan Elliot

This program premiered at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto, Ontario

The ending is sublime, with Elliott turning a few times, arms raised aloft, in a final act of grace glimpsed just as the lights go down.” ... ( Elliott’s) “spectacular physical commitment” - Kaija Pepper, Dance Current

Join us after the show for 'A Night in the City'
Enjoy coffee, chocolate and conversation with the artists.

Tickets: $12; Groups of 10 or more: $10 per person
Available at: Talisman Books & Gallery, Southridge Country Farm Store and Casual Pender



Susan Elliott (choreographer/performer) is the artistic director of Anatomica. She held the position of dance artist in residence at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre from 2000-04. Elliott has been dancing professionally since 1989 and has worked for many Vancouver companies and independent artists such as Lola Dance, battery opera, The Holy Body Tattoo and DanStaBat, to name a few. She has also had the great opportunity to tour around the world and has danced in the work of international creators Setsuko Yamada (Tokyo), Alexander Baervoets (Belgium), Damian Munoz (Barcelona) and Kim Itoh (Tokyo).

Elliott began her choreographic work in 1998 and has since created pieces ranging from solo to group work. She has taught Contact Improvisation and contemporary dance techniques since 1994 and has been on faculty at Main Dance for the past few years. She continues to teach at EDAM and at summer intensives such as WOW for Mascall Dance. In April 2004, Elliott premiered her first full evening of work, I Seem To Be A Verb, commissioned by the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

Elliott is the recipient of grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Vancouver Foundation and in 1999 was presented with the first Isadora Award from the Dance Centre. She is a certified yoga teacher and Thai massage practitioner, having received her training in Thailand since 1998. This past spring Elliott spent two months studying in Thailand with the support of a Dancer Transition Resource Grant.

Ziyian Kwan (performer) is an independent dance artist who lives in Vancouver. In the past fourteen years she has performed for several independent choreographers and companies. Currently, she maintains collaborations with Vancouver’s Anatomica, Kokoro Dance and Mascall Dance, and with Montreal’s David Pressault Danse. Since 1999, the five solos and duet that she commissioned from Peter Bingham, Barbara Bourget, Susan Elliott, John Ottman, David Pressault and Angelique Wilkie have been performed at venues across Canada. Previously, Ziyian has danced Susan’s work in I Seem To Be A Verb, Cloud Chamber, The Bride Walked There and Crush.

Program Notes:

Falls the Shadow

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the emotion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

In this new solo work, award-winning choreographer and dancer Susan Elliott
explores an uneasy dichotomy of motion, seeking to illuminate the shadowlands
between action and reaction, intent and result. Is there an existence outside the
conflicting tensions of modern life: an alternative beyond the leisure society or an
. Over-stimulated world? By contrasting extremes of physicality and employing the
language of both stillness and hyperactivity, Falls the Shadow seeks to reveal what
The eye perceives subconsciously: the meaning found in transition.

At the Ready
At the Ready revisions The Bride Walked There, a solo created in 2001 by Susan Elliott for dance artist Ziyian Kwan. Taking her cue from the “readymade” installations of Marcel Duchamp, Elliott fashions a piece that transforms pedestrian movement into pure dance art, guiding audience members on a journey from the mundane to the transcendent. Employing musical phrasing, spoken word, repetition and tempo shifts, Elliott and Kwan create a simple yet mesmerizing dance work that finds grace in the everyday.

This solo continues Elliott’s ongoing investigation and curiosity regarding the human body as our first home, residence or “shelter.” Our varying physical structures shelter our emotions, intellect, intuition and needs-the body is a kind of permanent residence in which to take refuge.

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