By Blue Ceiling Dance, Dancer Lucy Rupert
"An orchid among forget-me-nots"
Inspired by the thoughts of escaped zoo jackals in Bill Broun’s novel “Night of the Animals”, Happyfury -- created and danced by Lucy Rupert-- is a bombastic meditation on rage that is tinged with bloodlust, tenderness, instinct and joy. Tapping into a hidden part of herself Lucy aims to unite us in the awkwardness and discomfort of our time through a wildly honest dance performance. With music by composer Jascha Narveson, originally of Kitchener-Waterloo, integrated with Shostakovich string quartets, Lucy’s new solo is raw and penetrating, electronic and electric, performed by a quicksilver mover at her physical and artistic peak.
Lucy Rupert is a freelance dance and theatre artist, and the artistic director of Blue Ceiling dance, through which she creates, commissions, produces and performs. Her repertoire has toured throughout Canada and to New York and Germany. Lucy has performed in works by Fujiwara Dance Inventions/Denise Fujiwara, Theatre Rusticle, Marie Josee Chartier, Nova Bhattacharya, Peter Quanz, Jenn Goodwin, Allison Cummings, William Yong, Sashar Zarif, Anandam Dance, Puppetmongers Theatre, and Circus Orange, among others.
Lucy has a Joint B.A. in Dance and Music from the University of Waterloo, and an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto. Lucy recently received an Audience Choice Award for her performance at the 2017 dance: made in Canada Festival; she is a Chalmers Fellowship recipient and a two-time nominee for the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance. She writes about dance and science on her blog: blueceilingdancer.blogspot.com. She is a mom, a conservationist and an astrophysics enthusiast.
Jascha Narveson (composer) was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and was raised in the house that also serves as the venue for the K-W Chamber Music Society (one of the Canada’s busiest concert series). After receiving a B.Mus from Wilfrid Laurier University, he went on to study computer music and South Indian drumming during his MA at Wesleyan University before going on to the doctoral program at Princeton University, where he was an active early member of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and co-founder of its professional offshoot, Sideband.
Jascha Narveson’s work as a composer includes scored music for concert performance, sound installations, electronic and computer music, and music for film, dance, and theater. Jascha’s work has premiered with ensembles such as the Pendercki String Quartet, the Dutch Ensemble Klang, and American new-music ensembles Newspeak, NOW Ensemble, Dither, and virtuoso pianist Danny Holt. His electronic work and sound installations have been presented at the Open Ears Festival in Waterloo, Ontario, the Floating Points Festival at Issue Project Room in New York, and the For A Long Time festival at Wesleyan University, and an annual iPhone sound-walk presented by Make Music New York and the High Line park. In dance and theatre he has collaborated with Dance Theatre David Earle, Blue Ceiling Dance, Naomi Goldberg Hass, Erin Cairns Cella and Dages Juvelier Keates, Theatre & Company, Matt Marks and Jacob Cooper. Jascha Narveson currently lives in New York city, where he writes, teaches, and helps to run the Exapno New-Music Community Center, New Music Bake Sale and the annual New Music Gathering.