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a 6-part collaborative choreagraphic piece that was filmed and shared online as a part of Superior Theatre Festival's 2020 season. 

What is undercurrents?

“undercurrents" is a series of six choreographic works that when combined create one “whole” choreographic piece that was filmed and then shared online, one dance at a time. There are 5 dance solos, in site-specific spaces along the Thunder Bay Waterfront, and one BIG community dance piece that was filmed on location and in isolation. These choreographic works reflect the past 50 years in Thunder Bay with a focus on nostalgia, memory and community.  Our hope is the work creates unity and a strong connection to our land.  The water’s edge has both been a site of industry and pleasure and the fact that some of the locations we use are on a part of dredged land is significant - it is synonymous with how the city has been undergoing continual transformation and re-birth. The revitalization of the Thunder Bay waterfront over the past 40 years has taken areas that were originally developed for grain shipping and industry and redeveloped parts of it to attract tourism and retain residents. We had the opportunity to delve into our past and through music and dance, reflect on and celebrate what it means to be from and live in Thunder Bay.


New Music by Local Musicians:

The music for the dance sections were commissioned by Superior Theatre Festival from various local Thunder Bay musicians: Rodney Brown, Sunday Wilde, Sam Migliazza (also known as Sam Louis), Arley Cox, Jean-Paul De Roover and Classic Roots. These local musicians have created new songs for this event and each dance organization had its own song to choreograph to. 


Who is Leading the Project?

This project was created by Donna Marie Baratta and led by Donna Marie Baratta, Stephanie DePiero and Jean-Paul De Roover.  Each section leading up to the Spirit Garden will be choreographed by individual Dance Organizations with 65 Community Dancers/Composers involved in the project.  

See below for each video and corresponding individualized credits. 





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