Spooky Action

By Lesley Telford / Inverso Productions

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An interdisciplinary dance project inspired by particle entanglement

Spooky Action is inspired by Einstein’s famous phrase referring to particles that are so closely
linked, they share the same existence. A collaboration with poet/performer Barbara Adler, this
interdisciplinary work weaves together visual art, contemporary dance, poetic storytelling and
original composition to extend the theory to human connections. In the full length work, all
mediums are exploring the quantum property of entanglement by turns intricate, mysterious,
refined, and dryly witty. Spooky Action brings together thought-provoking dance and engaging
narrative to probe the mysterious ways we act on each other’s lives.

Spooky Action  runs 60 minutes with no intermission.

Telford has a profound way of tapping into emotional and intellectual landscapes. She’s an exciting voice to watch as we go forward in this next generation of choreographers.” – Emily Molnar, Ballet BC

Lesley Telford and Inverso use quantum physics as their conceptual seed. …The resultant performance was just as intriguing as the premise. The piece was beautifully choreographed and gracefully executed. The ebb and flow of energy from one dancer to another was tantalizing.” – Vancouver Arts Review


Performers: Stéphanie Cyr, Eden Solomon, Brandon Alley, Lucas Wilson-Bilbro
Apprentices: Anya Saugstad, Beth Durnie
Text- Barbara Adler
Composer- James Meger
Lighting- Alan Brodie
Production Manager: Heidi Quicke

Inverso Productions
Founded in Madrid in 2012 by choreographer Lesley Telford, Inverso is now a Vancouver-based
company. It is a platform for exchange, creating dance through the lens of other art forms. This
platform aims to develop collaborative ventures with the goal of creating and building
interdisciplinary works alongside other artists. Inverso focuses on choreography as a method of
conversation and exchange; between art forms, between dancers, dancers and the physical
environment on stage, words and movement, movement and light, collaborators and technologies
– fundamentally with the goal of pushing the artistic practice.

Lesley Telford
Lesley Telford is a Vancouver-based choreographer who has returned to her hometown after a
career in Europe spanning 20 years, where she danced and choreographed with Netherlands Dans
Theater 1 and Compañia Nacional de Danza. She is the artistic director of Inverso Productions
and also leads the Performance Research Project for emerging artists at Arts Umbrella. Lesley
has refined a choreographic approach that is sensitive to the minute relationships between
performers and between performers and their environment. Her work brings together a
technically rigorous vocabulary with devotion to an unforced ‘liveness’ that embraces in-themoment
reactivity and attunement to sensation. She has choreographed over 20 dance works
internationally, including one full length work that she produced through her company Inverso
Productions along with Korzo Productions. She has been commissioned to create works for
Ballet BC, Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2, Compañia Nacional
de Danza 2 (Spain), Ballet Vorpommern (Germany), International Project for Dance in Rome-
DAF (Italy), Butler Ballet (US) and an upcoming work with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.