YLDE 2019/2020 Annual General Meeting with a presentation by Ian S. Mozdzen
When: Sunday, December 13th, 2020 @ 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Online over Zoom
Email [email protected] to RSVP and for Zoom link.
This event is FREE, all are welcome to attend.
In this presentation, Ian will sketch out recent jaunts into “Asia” and how they seem to have shaped current practicing and sensibility.
Ian S. Mozdzen grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba and has gained experience and practice in a range of forms — from anti-art to ritual to performance art to classical to experimental. Performance and creation has seen numerous collaborations and travel across Canada as well as into Greece, USA, Netherlands, India, Sri Lanka and Mexico. Since August 2016, Ian had been living in Kerala, India to study, practice and perform classical Indian dance and theatre. Officially, Ian had been studying Kathakali and Nangiar Koothu at the Kerala Kalamandalam within the context of an International training program. Additionally, Ian was acquiring Mohiniyattam and Theyyam within private settings. In 2019 & 2020, Ian ventured to Japan to study and learn Odori and Butoh under various dancers and teachers. Ian also located to the India states of Himachal Pradesh & Goa to practice Butoh.
The pandemic cut short Ian’s study and practice abroad. As a result, Ian has rejoined the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg as a student and is pursuing Covid-permitting artistic activities. Halloween 2020 saw Ian independently present a “koothu” (play) of the famous “Jekyll & Hyde” story synthesising numerous Indian aesthetics and other influences.
Photo: drawing of Ian as “Sir Dalnvert Copperfield” by Doug Melnyk (co-founder of ace art) for 2012’s “The Wretched Coincidences, Overt Folly, and Sentimental Exuberance of DALNAVERT COPPERFIELD (Knight Bachelor of 61 Carlton Street): An Astonishing Conflation with Skits (Which Neither Sir John A. Macdonald nor Charles Dickens Meant to be Presented on Any Account).”
YLDE’s 2020-2021 programming is made possible with the generous support from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts.