Meet… Dyana Sonik-Henderson

Dyana is the Artistic Director of Broken Rhythms, she is driven, talented, incredibly creative and definitely a bit crazy! Everyone has a few quirks but Dyana is full of them! She tends to stroke her long pretend beard, or twist a single strand of hair when very focused on choreography, and she has created her own special vocabulary of sounds and language she uses when explaining dance! Dyana works tirelessly for the company and the dance community so when she’s needing a little extra pep a long run americano with a kiss of cream is just the ticket!

Director Extraordinaire

Help support Dyana and Broken Rhythms by giving to http://dancevictoria.com/support-us/dance-accelerator-broken-rhythms/

Now here’s what Dyana had to say about Broken Rhythms and SEVEN…

Dyana and Broken Rhythms

Dyana and Broken Rhythms

Since its premier performance Spark at Intrepid Theatre’s YOU SHOW, Broken Rhythms has grown and developed into a company that I am so proud of and thankful for. Started originally as a one-time organization for one show, it has now done three full productions, over 10 new works, and over 50 collaborative/community projects.

SEVEN was a very different show for myself and for Broken Rhythms. The idea of a show dealing and representing the SEVEN stages of grief candidly can be intimidating. I wanted to be truthful to the experience and allow it to hit many different levels to those in the audience and give something for my dancers to connect with.

Teaching a Workshop

Teaching a Workshop

What made me think of touring the show was the feedback given after Fringe 2014. The out pour of support and stories concerning people struggling with there own personal grief made me realize we had stumbled onto a universal subject that is rarely talked about and still considered taboo. I believe it worked as a type of therapy to some, as it did for my dancers and myself. I am so ecstatic to display it to a new audience and for the company to continue to grow and develop new works in Victoria B.C.

Spoken Word Festival

Spoken Word Festival

With the next three years already in various stages of development I look forward to see where Broken Rhythms will take us next. To be Artistic Director of a company I am so passionate about and surrounded by people I am so confident in makes me work harder than I have ever worked before. I end by thanking everyone who took the time to read this and have shown interest in this company.

We will represent B.C artists at the Edmonton fringe festival and make you proud.

– Dyana 

Meet… Paige Brar

Paige may be the youngest member of Broken Rhythms but her nickname of “Gramps” would make you think otherwise! Paige loves cardigans, sewing, deals on RubA535 and polysporne and in rehearsal she is the one who will put off doing big jumps and going down to the floor as much as possible! She goes hard on stage but will defiantly be needing a long hot bath right after to rest those sore “old” muscles!

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Help support Paige and Broken Rhythms by giving to http://dancevictoria.com/support-us/dance-accelerator-broken-rhythms/

Now here’s what Paige had to say about Broken Rhythms and SEVEN…

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

Being able to Dance with Broken Rhythms has been one of the most amazing gifts in my life! I work harder than I ever had before (8 hour dance rehearsals are almost a norm), and I get to be a part of making beautiful art with some wonderful women. We are all so very different and but have really created a little dance family. We laugh A LOT, share our lives together and with the show SEVEN we cry together too.

I am excited to take SEVEN on tour to the Edmonton Fringe Festival for so many reasons. I am excited to show what cool things are happening in Victoria for dance, to perform for a totally new audience

SEVEN

SEVEN

and to experience what it is like to tour with the company! I am looking forward to re-working and connecting back into the show. SEVEN is a show about the seven stages of grief, any grief, it’s up to the individual, the dancer and each audience member to decide what that grief is. Grief is a confusing thing, with constantly changing emotions and feeling, and this show really demonstrates just that. In so many ways I connected to this show, we lost my uncle suddenly almost a year ago and I received that news mid-rehearsal and then only a few months later we lost my aunt to cancer. I spent the entire show process, rehearsals to performances, living out my grief through dance. It has been incredibly challenging, therapeutic, painful, and freeing all at the same time.

1st Show

1st Show

SEVEN was my first big production with Broken Rhythms, before that I was a part of a few smaller shows, including my first official show with ‘Bounce Around the Building’. This is how I knew I was now dancing with a totally different type of company, a company who would try just about anything for the opportunity to perform and share what we love to do! We did a sight specific work, which means we created a dance based around an unexpected location, we danced in the office of Dance Victoria. I had recently moved back home and now was doing this really cool piece with lights and shadows in a carpeted corner of an office! We got to perform the same piece 4 times that night and each time we performed I was more and more certain that this was where I was meant to be. I am meant to be dancing and performing what I love and am proud of with an amazing director and group of dancers. I can’t wait to see what we do next and to be on the road to Edmonton Fringe Festival!

– Paige

Meet… Meag Saulnier

Meag is funny, caring and the fashionista of the company! You can’t miss Meag on route to rehearsal in either her head to toe Jamaican track suite or a pair of fabulous leggings! Meag has this amazing air of confidence to everything she does, in a photo shoot she created her own jump, a “Ninja Jump”, exclaiming it with such confidence it took the rest of the company a minute or two to realize that didn’t exist! But Wow! Check out that awesome shot!

"Ninja Jump"

“Ninja Jump”

Help support Meag and Broken Rhythms by giving to http://dancevictoria.com/support-us/dance-accelerator-broken-rhythms/

Now here’s what Meag had to say about Broken Rhythms and SEVEN…

SEVEN Rehearsal

SEVEN Rehearsal

Dancing with Broken Rhythms is inspiring, freeing and innovative.

Being able to find a company as an adult dancer has been something I have been yearning for.

BR is constantly experimenting with new endeavors which really pushes the envelope for me and I love how our repertoire expands.

I have many favourite moments from Seven pre-show rituals-putting on our “suits”… To the moment we were all sitting around the balloon at the start of the first piece and we all started crying!

Spoken Word Festival

Spoken Word Festival

I am looking forward to touring Seven. After last years Fringe the show felt not over. It will be exciting to perform for a new town and my hope is that it is the first of many!

Dance is physical exercise yet it is also touches one on spiritual and emotional levels.

There is a linguistic component as well that comes from the rhythmicity of the music one moves to. Dance is a universal language crossing ethnicities,ages,sexes and abilities;breaking barriers and creating opportunities for social justice. Dance is used in every culture for celebration and grieving. These are some of the many reasons why I love dance.

SEVEN

SEVEN

I love dancing with Broken Rhythms as I feel a deep connection with the dancers and feel liberated by the animalisitc movements that Dyana has choreographed.

– Meag 

Meet… Chelsea Hilbert

Chelsea is the energy that keeps a long full day rehearsal going strong! She is amazingly hard working, when everyone else is tired and ready to turn it in Chelsea is ready to run the show in full swing again! SEVEN was Chelsea’s first show with Broken Rhythms, opening night was the first time Chelsea had been on stage with the other three dancers so it was a crazy yet wonderful experience! Chelsea is also a talented hair stylist so you’ll see her on stage with a new hair style or color almost every night!

SEVEN Rehearsal

SEVEN Rehearsal

 Help support Chelsea and Broken Rhythms by giving to http://dancevictoria.com/support-us/dance-accelerator-broken-rhythms/

Now here’s what Chelsea had to say about Broken Rhythms and SEVEN…

Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

To dance with Broken Rhythms is amazing! It is an opportunity to dance and create beautiful art through movement with a wonderful group of passionate women! I feel so lucky to have a local company in Victoria that I can dance with that is supportive and flexible and none competitive! We are such a team and the group wouldn’t be whole without each and every one of us.

Loss & Loneliness, SEVEN

Loss & Loneliness, SEVEN

My favorite moments from SEVEN were all of the laughs and tears we shared, all of the support we gave each other while working on a very emotionally charged show, and are pre-show rituals that got us all connected before hitting the stage every show.

Going to Edmonton is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to show the talent this small Victoria dance company has to offer, and the chance to work with so many other talented people from all over the world! It will also be an incredible bonding experience for us girls, it already feels like a sisterhood but after Edmonton I am sure we will be even closer and more connected than ever before.

INK

INK

What I most enjoy about dancing with Broken Rhythms is that we are really is a little family! I am able to do what I love and share that with others. To share something so beautiful with people who are all so passionate, it really is like therapy and an escape from everyday life.

 – Chelsea

First Up: Meet… Naomi Graham

Naomi is a founding member of Broken Rhythms and has played a vital role in all three major productions, SPARK, GRIM and SEVEN. You’ll always notice Naomi on stage, not only by her array of beautiful tattoos but her amazing emotional connection to each and every piece! Naomi also loves bulldogs, you’ll often find her flyering shows during fringe with her tutu wearing bulldog Bella or like in this photo you’ll lose her during flyering and find her cozied up with another bulldog!

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Flyering Break!

Help support Naomi and Broken Rhythms by giving to http://dancevictoria.com/support-us/dance-accelerator-broken-rhythms/

Now here’s what Naomi had to say about Broken Rhythms and SEVEN…

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Photo shoot, GRIM

Our first Broken Rhythms rehearsal was during a cold winter. I really didn’t know what to expect. I had only worked with Dyana as a choreographer a few times before and never to prepare an entire show just for us. In fact, I think this was the first time I was part of a show, a professional company show, just for adult dancers. It was just Lindsay and I that first rehearsal. Us and two six foot ladders. What started out as play (and numerous heart attacks for Dy) became one of our most memorable pieces; Tree Dwellers. And we’ve only grown from there.

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Tree Dwellers, SPARK

Our company has evolved so much since then. From anticipation and uncertainty to confidence and pride, I am so grateful to be part of an evolution of a style of movement, an opportunity that you cannot find anywhere else in Victoria, and to be part of Dyana’s vision and artistic creation. Although I am attached to all three Broken Rhythms shows, SEVEN holds a special place in my heart. I think serendipitous is the only word I could use to describe SEVEN. It’s been a process not only in movement, but a cathartic exploration of my own experiences with grief – both from my past, and as we were preparing for the show.

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Naomi and her daughter Grace

Last summer my 15 year old made a courageous decision to accept her father’s offer to live with him for a school year. Grace and I are close; close in age, and close at heart. I have always struggled to be away from her, but this was something I don’t think any parent can prepare for. As parents, we have the agonizing task of prioritizing our child’s best interests (and experiences) over our own feelings. It reminded me of when she learned to walk; I couldn’t catch her every time she fell or else she wouldn’t learn. If I said no to her moving to San Diego – she wouldn’t learn. The day I returned from California without my child, I walked into a rehearsal for our last piece; Rebuilding. We had tried a few variations on our ending, but this one was different. Dy said: ‘The feeling I get from this piece is not necessarily acceptance but that you have to move forward. This dance represents picking up the pieces, and experiencing the goodness in life with a fresh and healing wound’. That’s exactly how I felt. On that day I had to experience dance (which brings me such joy) without Grace. Rebuilding holds a special place in my heart.

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Rehearsal photo, SEVEN

I’ve toured once with the Broken Rhythms Company before. We had a great time together. Performing in a new city is always so exciting and nerve wracking. I can’t wait to go to Edmonton. I honestly can’t wait to start rehearsing SEVEN again. So much has happened in life since last summer and I am excited to see how our experiences will shift and strengthen the movement. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to dance in this way and I can’t wait to share it with a broader audience.

~ Naomi