The Dancing Word

The Dancing Word is an integrated approach to the training of performers based on traditional Chinese martial arts, singing and rhythmic traditions from around the world, extended voice technique, contemporary dance and modern approaches to actor training. The Dancing Word is principally concerned with impulse and causality, with the timing and tension of credible and compelling stage action.


Wu Dao De Yu Yan, The Dancing Word

The name The Dancing Word, comes from a Chinese calligraphy created by Winnipeg artist Joseph Lo for my colleague Olivier-Hugues Terreault and I in 1997. It shows the character for dance wu in an elongated form in relation to the character yu for word. My friend William Lau who is a Jingju (Chinese Opera) performer interpreted the calligraphy as Wu Dao De Yu Yan, or The Dancing Word.