Dancing the River

Linda Feesey and Sol Express

2010, 10:10 minutes, colour, English


Dancing the River is the story of a social experiment gone bad. It incorporates original music, dancing and comedy. People are fed up with their confusing and chaotic daily lives. They have had enough, so they devise and institute a simple program to streamline everything. To keep things operating smoothly, those who do not conform to the 'Comfort and Joy' lifestyle are screened out and ejected from Comfeeyville. In time, only the two screeners are left and they are lonely.

Dancing the River is a collaboration between the performers and creators of the Sol Express Creative Arts Program and writer/director/producer Linda Feesey. Linda adapted one of their hour long stage productions for the screen. In rehearsal and on set, Sol Express contributed ideas as well as improvised dialogue and actions.

L'Arche Toronto's latest initiative Sol Express is a multi-disciplinary theatre and creative arts group made up of people with intellectual disabilities. This arts group provides an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities to share their talents, experiences and stories through creative expression. Sol Express members learn from professionals as well as take leadership roles in conducting theatre arts workshops, seminars and presentations to various community groups. Led by Artistic Director, Cheryl Zinyk, Sol Express currently consists of 6 dynamic individuals who work with other professionals in the arts community to create and produce original works. These works include theatre, mask-making, story-telling and other disciplines. The size of the group allows for intensive training and meaningful exploration of social issues through the arts.  Linda Feesey is a Toronto documentary maker, arts programmer and film reviewer. Her four documentaries have been screened at festivals around the globe including two premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has made numerous small-gauge films on both 8mm and super 8 including two 30 minute 8mm film cycles. These films have been included in screenings and festivals in Canada and internationally such as Oberhausen, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Cinematheque and YYZ.

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