Founded in Fall 2016, artistic directors Tavia Christina and Rachel Facchini had one goal in mind, to develop a creative outlet that would represent who the two are as creators, performers and individuals. The synergetic partnership is joined by the shared passion for the intersection of philosophical ideas and movement. Tavia and Rachel are inspired by the relationship between the body and mind and draw on various philosophical topics to inform their creative practice. They create dance that reflects their way of thinking in both highly physical movement and durational performance art work.
Methodologically, Tavia and Rachel develop work by the use of improvisation and other movement invention tasks. Their work often begins from a place of academic research and then meets the study to apply the learnt information into the physical body. The final work is not necessarily a projection of the philosophical topic but rather, a landing of the information and its adaptation to the body.
Near&Far Projects’ goal is to continuously grow and evolve as dance artists. Tavia and Rachel challenge and push themselves to discover new information in and outside of the dance studio.
Some of NFP's credits include: Long Winter Toronto - Irritation Cycle - Dec 2016, covered & coated - Feb 2018, Ryerson University’s - Kaleidoscope Launch Party – March 2018, New blue Dance Festival – This is Where it Starts – June 2018, NFP Art Party – In A Loop – Feb 2018. Annual Web Series including short films, Cutting Glue, oh, my god! and, washed up/carried away. In January 2017, NFP produced an informal showing, A Timely Paradox, including two new works with dancers and actors; Kunzite and Two Truths and a Lie. NFP has collaborated with London, UK based dance artist, Ellen Gordon of Torgan Dance Co., to develop a new solo work Reaching Restrictions, which premiered in December 2017, in London UK.
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