2016 TORONTO SUMMERWORKS
Catherine Murray’s "highly organic" dance work, /vərˈbādəm/, explores how movement, language, and ethical responsibility can interact, intersect, and inform each other. Born of interviews that Catherine personally conducted with young mothers at Jessie’s (The June Callwood Centre for Young Women), this work sees dancers physically grappling with the concept of translation, empathy, and whether or not we can ask clear questions of justice through dance. Can rigorously embodying words and sounds enhance our understanding of someone’s marginalization? Or does it – regardless of care and good intentions – simply render a voice unintelligible? With great compassion, /vərˈbādəm/ pores over language – its rhythms, its poetry and politics, and the identities and ideas embedded within it – to see what further meaning can be found in between the lines.