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Dance of the Last Shaker: A Short Film

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Dance of the Last Shaker: A Short Film

Well, this is my last post and I wanted to use it to highlight the short film my friends Rebecca Mendoza and Chris Murphy made using two of my poems. (Attached below.) But first, I wanted to say that it has been an education and a privilege writing for the Open Book Toronto blog as October's writer in residence. It's been a big month for me in many ways — most obviously, because my first book was published a couple weeks ago. I dropped by This Ain't the Rosedale Library today and it was the first time I'd seen a copy in a bookstore. It was quite a kick.

I want to thank everyone who sent me kind messages about my posts and to Open Book Toronto for inviting me to explore this challenging medium. It's stretched me, and I appreciate the opportunity to be stretched.

So back to the film by Mendoza and Murphy — they shot it on Super 8 in Prince Edward Island. Rebecca is my favourite choreographer and dancer — she helps me understand how movement is its own language. It's just over two minutes long. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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I know it's been a couple of years since you posted Dance of the Last Shaker but I only recently got to see Rebecca Mendoza's interpretation and it's deeply moving, both the writing and the dance. I'm a bit of a modern dance nut, and have been most of my adult life. There something about it that can blend effortlessly with certain kinds of powerful writing. Your work is fluid and breathtaking and it'd be wonderful to see more dance interpretations.

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Damian Rogers

Damian Rogers lives in Toronto. Paper Radio (ECW Press) is her first book.

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