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Hiatus = over

Been a long time, been a long time, been long lonely,




lonely tiiiiiime!

So I guess suddenly a bunch of months have passed since that magical evening back in September 2011, that many of you joined us for. We still have a hard time believing that it was real, and can’t get over how much we loved bringing all of that art under one roof. We’re planning to make it an annual thing! An Evening of Art Collaboration will make a fierce and elegant comeback in the fall of this year (woah is it already 2012??).

In the meantime, we want to keep in touch with you and share our day-to-day explorations, as we continue to navigate this crazy dance world together. We’ll get some posts up at least once or twice a week about whatever it is that we’re fascinated about at the time. We’ll share some cool videos or articles, or just a thought of the day. We’d love to keep hearing from you, either in comments or via email. If something we bring up strikes a chord in you, we’d love to start a dialogue, and nerd-out about art with you!

Today me and Liv sat and talked about her piece for this course she’s taking in school called Choreographic Workshop. It’s essentially a creation-based course, where the final project is a dance piece as a part of a full-length show, showcasing the third years’ giant strides as artists. We talked a lot about how one of the most challenging tasks at this point is that of directing dancers when choreographing; trying to express what it is that you want or need to see in your dancers so that they understand it and can insert it into their own experience in the piece. Aiming to guide them to create their own voice and story within yours – phew! Challenging things to accomplish my friends!

Olivia has really been loving this process, and every time I talk to her about it, I become more awed at her passion and dedication to her artistry and to her dancer’s individuality. I’m so, so excited to see the final product, and feel blessed that I get to join her for little snapshots of this amazing journey she’s been going on! The Choreographic Workshop show, Butterfly in Bone – 18 Ways to Get There, is February 17th and 18th at 8pm at The Winchester Street Theatre, and you really will want to come out to see this extremely talented class in all their glory. I’ve heard rumour of some of the other pieces in the works, and I just know this will be a night of really well-crafted and inspiring movement and emotion.

❤ Maddy and Liv



Come one, come all!

We, Bare Neck and Brazen, are excited to announce that on Saturday, August 13th at 8pm we will be hosting a fundraiser for our upcoming show! This event will take place at The Annex Live (296 Brunswick Ave, just south of Bloor St. between Spadina and Bathurst).

There will be wonderful live performances… not to mention a sneak peak at Bare Neck and Brazen’s exciting new choreographic debut, handsome men in suits and drinks for sale.

The event is Pay What You Can, suggested $5.

Come share this special evening with us!

-Liv ❤

Bare Neck and Brazen: an evening of art collaboration

We’d like to announce our very first show!

After looking around at a few different venues, we’ve finally found the perfect (read: most affordable) space!

Our first show is going to showcase our work, along with the work of some of our very talented friends.  This isn’t just the premiere of Bare Neck and Brazen – you’ll also have the opportunity to meet and see the work of emerging photographers, jewelry makers, comic book artists, graphic designers, and many more! We’d like to open a dialogue between emerging artists, in many different fields, so that we can create a support base that will benefit us all. Hopefully many happy and healthy collaborative relationships will ensue! We’ll soon post a list of the artists and their medium.

It will be held at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, on Bloor near Spadina, on Friday September 16th, 2011, at 7pm. Admission is on a Pay What You Can basis (5$ min). The artists will also be selling their work!

Can’t wait to see you all there!

❤ Maddy and Liv

Late night Axis

So about a week ago, Olivia and I were scoping out Hart House as a potential venue for our show in September… We found a beautiful empty hallway. So obviously we danced in it! I was teaching Olivia the little bits of Axis Syllabus I know. I’ve fallen in love with this dance form, and I think I’ll get Olivia into it too!

❤ Maddy

July Exploration: Olivia's First C-star!!

We found a cool shape


Check out this awesome shape.

Our shoulders were so hurting the next morning. Totally worth it.

We found a new Shape!

I guess we all love bacon

So, welcome to our blog!

Who are we? We are Madeleine Shen, Olivia Citter and Megumi Kokuba, and we are Bare Neck and Brazen. We all love bacon, so I guess that’s a good starting point. We also love dance and want to include you on our journey into the confusing world of dance artists.

To me, so far, it seems there is no “one way” of getting to wherever it is you’re going in the dance sphere. Variation in paths exist in other professions too, don’t get me wrong, but I guess it seems more laid out in fields such as medicine, or law, or engineering. Undergrad –> Masters –> PhD –> Job! Or something along those lines. There are guidebooks and tests that tell you whether you’re ready and what step to take next. The map in the dance world seems more abstract – probably because it’s ever-changing and growing, and half of the fun is trying to find new paths to follow.

So here we are, at the threshold of our young adult lives, hopeful and overly honest, excited to dive into our own new paths. Of course we each have our own separate paths, but we’ve chosen to cross some new land together, exploring our relationships with one another and with dance, and by pooling our very different resources. We’re glad you’re reading this, and we hope you’ll get to know us as people as well as dancers/performers/artists in the process. So bear with us in our informalities and (I’m sure, many) late night postings, you’re in for an interesting voyage!

❤ Maddy