Photo by Hans-Michael Lenz

Taking Breath

A solo dance performance

Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
Plastic waste. Climate change. Shortage of fossil fuels. Human consumption. Loss of biodiversity. Marine Life. These are often at the forefront in discussions regarding our impact on the environment. Even when we talk about air, we are concerned about carbon emissions and the consequences such as global warming, melting ice caps and the ozone. Seldom is clean breathable air discussed as it is. Will we run out of breathable air?
Breathing - an innate action of taking in air and expelling it from the lungs.“Taking Breath” brings the subconscious to the conscious, the passive to the active; questioning how we have taken breathing and the air we breathe, for granted. The piece is a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives - What is it like without breathing? What is it like with too much breathing? How does breathing affect movement? How does breathing affect our thoughts? When does breathing start to mean something? When does breathing become communication? When does breathing start to matter? When will air start to matter to us?
Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
  • Concept and choreographer. Naishi Wang
  • Performer. Naishi Wang
  • Outside eye. Paul-André Fortier & Ginelle Chagnon
  • Dramaturgy. Francoise Hüsges & Ivy Wang
  • Light design. Ivy Wang
Taking Breath acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Concil

Face to Face

Under development - an upcoming project in 2022

Photo by Ivy Wang
In even the simplest face-to-face communication, a multitude of factors work in concert to deliver an intention - facial expressions, body movements/gestures, eye contact, tone of voice, silence, distance or sometimes even touch. Every moment is fleeting with layers of emotions hidden behind ephemeral thoughts and a constant flux of body language.
“Face to Face” is a conceptual dance/body theatre duet - also a form of communication. This project explores the complexity of human emotions during and behind communication. How do we identify an emotion? How deep do emotions go?
Photo by Ivy Wang
  • Concept and choreographer. Naishi Wang
  • In collaboration with & perform by. Naishi Wang & Lukas Malkowski
  • Outside eye. Heidi Strauss & Ginelle Chagnon
  • Concept, dramaturgy & Image Art.Ivy Wang
  • Sound design. Wen Yang Ho
Face to Face acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Concil, Festival TransAmériques, and CITADEL + COMPAGNIE

Free Steps

Group piece, a commissioned work for Nostos Collective

Photo by Omer Yukseker
“If I tell you my dream, you might forget it. If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it; but if I involve you, my dream becomes your dream” - Tibetan proverb
We are both an individual and society. Maintaining uniqueness amongst conformity, establishing identity at the expense of being marginalized. When and where can we truly find our own pace? “Free Steps” explores the juxtaposition of the group and the individual; and the coexistence of unison, harmony, and dissonance.
Photo by Omer Yukseker
  • Concept and choreographer. Naishi Wang
  • Collaborators and Performers. Alyson Miller, Eleanor Van Veen, Emily Spearing, Gavin Law, Irena Ponizova, Jake Ramos, Jessica Germano, Katherine Semchuk, Krista Newey, Miyeko Ferguson & Sonja Boretski
  • Sound design. Steven Bowa


In the early stage of creation

An International collaboration with Jean Abreu.

Movement possesses a bodily linguistic identity, which also deciphered in terms of cultural influences: gestures of our ways of talking, our ways of walking, our ways of dancing, our ways of singing, and our ways of relating to the world around us.

  • Choreographers and performers. Naishi Wang & Jean Abrue
  • Dramaturg. Guy Cools

Deciphers is co-produced by the National Arts Centre visiting dance artist programme, The Candance Network small scale creation fund and Canada Council for the Arts. Supported by the Performing Arts Technical Residency programme at Harbourfront Center Toronto.

Presenting partners : MAI Montréal, Arts interculturels (Montréal, lead presenter), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), PuSh Festival (Vancouver) and Jean Abreu Dance (UK).

Stay tuned for more…