Blue Ceiling dance aims to pierce the soul through investigations at the intersection of art and science, and physical rigour provoked by the imagination. By peering into the mysterious corners of human experience and embodying the natural laws of the universe, we want to inspire empathy and curiosity. Through creation, production, commissioning and touring of new dance and multi-disciplinary works and through the Imaginative Body Classes, Blue Ceiling dance uses the poetry of the body and of scientific language to describe our experience of the world through the lens of poetic naturalism.
Blue Ceiling dance was founded by Lucy Rupert in 2004, as an umbrella for her creative endeavours. She began choreographing as a way to explore and expand her potential as a performer and has maintained this drive as the company’s vision and scope has grown. Blue Ceiling dance has toured nationally and internationally, imaginatively and collaboratively staging evocative, quicksilver performances.
A passionate and hyperkinetic performer, Lucy trained at the University of Waterloo in the Dance and Music Depts. simultaneously gearing for careers in dance and music performance. In 2003 Lucy obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in History.
As a freelance artist in dance and theatre, Lucy has been fortunate to work with noted Canadian companies Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Chartier Danse, Anandam Dance, Sashar Zarif Dance, Little Pear Garden Collective, Puppetmongers Theatre, Volcano Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille, and to dance in the works of William Yong, Allison Cummings and Angela Blumberg among others. She performed with Theatre Rusticle from 2001-2017. Lucy is a two-time recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship, administered by the Ontario Arts Council.
An avid bird watcher, an astrophysics enthusiast, a conservationist and a bookworm, Lucy lives happily in west-end Toronto with her amazing husband and son.
Dennes Pehadzic, Brian McDonald and Jeremy Brace
in Blue Ceiling dance's inaugural production "Tropic of Cancer" 2004. Photo by Rebecca Carney
Artistic Associates and Advisory Committee
Long time collaborators Sky Fairchild-Waller and Elke Schroeder have taken on roles as artistic associates (seen at right in photo from 2016's "dead reckoning"). Sky and Elke provide artistic support to Lucy in the form of critical feedback and insight.
Blue Ceiling dance is also supported by a rotating advisory committee: cheerleaders and supporters of the company who shift roles and configuration in response to the individual projects the company takes on.