PERFORMANCE

Poésie Flamenco, a series of performances of poetry performed with musicians Quique (guitarist) and Alvaro Echánove (singer), poets River Halen Guri, Alexei Perry Cox, Nadia Chaney and dance by Katherine McLeod. A project that explores embodied responses, through flamenco dance and music, to the poetry of contemporary Montreal-based poets. (Above photo: Poésie Flamenco at the 2019 Mile End Poets’ Festival.)

Performing the Archive: A Remix, performances at The Words & Music Show and at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literature Festival that have combined live remixes of archival sound by Jason Camlot with dance by Katherine McLeod, improvising to the sonic manipulations of voice in rhythm and in utterance.

Nuevo/Antiguo, a research-creation collaboration in flamenco dance. Katherine McLeod (Concordia) and Emily Christina Murphy (UBCO) are two Canadian researchers and dance artists interested in how flamenco has shaped Canadian settler identity from the early twentieth century onwards and how this story has been documented. To explore these questions they remix the records of flamenco dance in Canada—whether film, print, dance notation, radio, or cassette tape—to create something new and to attend to the technologies that record these stories.

Video-still of Katherine McLeod dancing the poem “I Should Have Predicted” by Gwendolyn MacEwen (recorded in 1966 at the SGW Poetry Series in Montreal) during a work-in-progress presentation with Emily Murphy in Montreal (September, 2019).

Listen to the poem as part of the Audio of the Month on The SpokenWeb Podcast feed, or watch an excerpt from the dancing of it here.