Everywhere The Edges

Research And Creation - Creative Residency for New Work by Rebecca Lazier

A new work in development, this soaring off-ground multinational dance project has ignited remarkable new partnerships with vibrant Halifax artists and arts organizations. The coming together of people and ideas, paired with the support of the National Arts Centre Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and Communities Culture and Heritage, creates a one-of-a-kind moment that allows Mocean Dance to research and collaborate in ways previously unimaginable.

About the Work

How do we navigate constant change? Is there an ethos for living in precarity? These questions drive Everywhere the Edges, a performance installation of off-ground choreography performed within, on, under, around - and created simultaneously with - a voluminous Janet Echelman net sculpture. Activated and transformed by five outstanding dancers, the work is a synthesis of experimental dance, avant-garde circus, engineering, sound art, and public sculpture. Led by choreographer Rebecca Lazier, the project brings together the science and engineering of Echelman’s awe-inspiring sculptures with the human story of the creative team’s personal connections to the oceans and environment.

Establishing performance and sculpture as equal partners, Everywhere the Edges highlights human connectivity and resilience during a time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Nova Scotia 2020-2021 Creative Team

Director and Choreographer Rebecca Lazier
Visual artist and sculpture design Janet Echelman and Studio Echelman
Music New Hermitage
Lighting design Leigh Ann Vardy
Dramaturg Tonya Lockyer
Created in collaboration with the dancers Dylan Brentwood, Gillian Seaward-Boone, Leah Skerry, Dawn Shepherd and Lydia Zimmer
Riggers and acrobatic designers Ryan Gray and Dawn Shepherd
Technical director Eleanor Creelman


Commissioning producer and presenter Live Art Dance
NS Research and Creative Residency Co-producers Mocean Dance, Breaking Circus
Co-commissioned by Princeton University

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund; Canada Council for the Arts; Arts Nova Scotia; Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, City of Halifax; Barry Onouye Studio, Architecture Department, University of Washington.


Photo credits: Kevin MacCormack