Cypress is a work for three dancers, which is inspired by the Chinese legend of the Three Friends – bamboo, plum trees and cypress. They do not die; they remain constant and blossom before the spring comes. These three items are often used in Chinese illustration or metaphorically in text. In creating this work, I worked with the concept of restrictions or the metaphor of restrictions to distil movements and discovering where and how this dance can move into a different realm or how it can evolve or be revolutionized. For me, Cypress represents longevity, which is at the heart of true friendship.
Photos by Brianna Lombardo
by Yvonne Ng
Originally performed by Justine Chambers, Susanne Chui, and Susan Lee
Performed in 2012 by Brendan Wyatt, Louis Laberge-Côté, and Hiroshi Miyamoto