Commissioned by New Music Edmonton for its 2020-21 No Normal Season.
This work is an extension of spontaneous dances, an ongoing practice Reinhart and Snelling began in 2015. Often while travelling together spontaneous dances would occur and Michael would photograph them. These dances happened in cities, parks, deserted yards, alleys and buildings, on ocean fronts and in numerous outdoor environments. Photographic documentation of these spontaneous dances were posted on social media. ‘far off, & personal’ is a new take on this format. A specific site was chosen by Michael, Lin danced and this time Michael videoed. While working together on Notebook Dances, letters and notes written to each other were rediscovered, as much of their 39 years together has been spent apart due to travel, work, convalescence and the necessary distance both needed as individual artists. As a result of the pandemic they have uncharacteristically spent a long period of time together. The spoken word heard during this video is from notes and poems written to each other when they first met in the early 80’s. The music was composed as a score for the completed video and is comprised of acoustic and prepared guitar as well as spoken word.
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