baseline was shown from July 7 – 14, 2020 and is no longer available for viewing. To learn more about Heidi Strauss please visit her website or follow her on social media (links at top of page). Donations towards all artists presented through Citadel Online remain open and can be made via the link found at the bottom of this page.
Going back to watch this digital record of baseline at the beginning of the pandemic was an emotional experience for me. The idea of dancing with an audience SO nearby, of actually being close to people, felt SO far away. Then there were the references in the work: our fast paced life and its impact on the environment resonated as COVID-19 related news was reporting air quality improvements in urban centres. Questions around starting over, what would that be like? And could you, really?!? And then, there was my dad, whom I spoke about anecdotally in the solo. He passed away last November. It wasn’t that I had forgotten he’d played role in baseline. But I was just reminded, again, of the importance of trying to understand another person whose values and life experiences are SO different, of finding ways to communicate when it is hard, of being there.
– Heidi Strauss
Photographer Credit: Jeremy Mimnagh
Year: Bright Nights 2016/17
Original Dates of Performance: March 31 – April 1, April 5 – 8, 2017
Choreographed, written and performed by: Heidi Strauss
Sound and projection design: Jeremy Mimnagh
Lighting design: Kaitlin Hickey
Dramaturgy & collaboration: Susanna Fournier & Erin Brubacher
Outside Eye: Ginelle Chagnon
Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea
Artistic Producer: Rachel Penny
Metcalf Foundation Artistic Intern: Jane Alison McKinney
baseline deals with our sense of knowing by considering our understanding of beginning. It invites the audience to play a role in this, in revealing identities, and understanding a set of (sometime hard to admit) automatic expectations. Can we try again?