Choreographer: Mike 'Piecez' Prosserman / Supporting choreographers / Outside eye: Kosi Eze and Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser / Filmmaker: Icy / Photo credit: KTCHN productions
Breathe expresses a journey from spark to growth to breakdown to acceptance. The piece includes a mix of Breakin’, Popping and House dance styles with a focus on Breakin’. This piece is inspired by Breakin’ culture, the artist’s power-infused dance style and his experience battling with anxiety. Breathe is a journey into the height of success and the depth of anxiety. We live in a world filled with high expectations from self and others. Breathe lets audiences know that it’s okay not to feel okay. Breathe highlights Breakin’ as an art form with depth, character and history stemming from the roots of lived experience. Accepting who we are. One day at a time. One breath after another. BREATHE.
Michael ‘Piecez’ Prosserman has been Breakin’ since 1999. Piecez has taught, competed, judged and performed for hundreds of audiences from Asia to Europe to the Canadian Arctic. By high school, he was accepted into Cirque Du Soleil and featured in the motion picture Honey. Piecez is the founder of a grassroots movement that uses hip hop to improve youth mental health called Unity Charity. Piecez is a best-selling author of the new book Building Unity, a university instructor and a mental health advocate. In his solo Breathe, Piecez shares his experiences with mental illness in a leadership role.
Michael ‘Piecez’ Prosserman and guests will be participating in two virtual Q&A’s:
Saturday, October 17, 8 PM
“Breathe: a dance production + conversation on Mental Health + Community”
Wednesday, October 21, 6 PM
“Breathe: a dance production + conversation on Mental Health + Work”
We regret that Workman Arts is not a barrier-free location. There are several steps from the street to the front door and interior steps leading to the Main Hall, upstairs, and downstairs. There is ample seating available, and washrooms between Skey Room and the Chapel (main floor) and outside Roseneath (upstairs) are gender-neutral. Workman Arts is a fragrance-free space (please don’t wear perfumes or scented products).