Blue Ceiling dance embraces environmentalism, imagination, interconnectivity, passion and quirk to peer into the mysterious corners of the universe. We make works about the natural systems of our planet and the universe, collaborating with researchers and scientists in many fields in our quest to bring abstract concepts into human form. We work with intergenerational casts of performers from a range of backgrounds to create contemporary dance, wherein contemporary isn't a technique, but an approach that is expansive, inclusive and intersectional.
We aim to spark compassion and curiosity and to celebrate the mystery of discovery through rigorous and dynamic dance created for theatrical, site-specific and intimate performance settings.
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.
"I was enthralled by the deft skill and intensity of the Blue Ceiling dancers." Mooney on Theatre
A passionate and hyperkinetic performer, Lucy trained at the University of Waterloo, simultaneously gearing for careers in dance and music performance, and earning a Joint Honours BA in Dance and Music, the singular degree of this kind ever awarded. In 2003 Lucy obtained a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Toronto. She continues her studies now in philosophy of science through Oxford University.
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, Free Flow Dance Theatre Company, Sashar Zarif Dance, Little Pear Garden Collective, Puppetmongers Theatre, and Theatre Passe Muraille, and to dance in the works of William Yong, Martha Hart, Allison Cummings and Angela Blumberg among others. She was a regular performer with Theatre Rusticle from 2001-2017.
Lucy is a two-time recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship, a two-time nominee for the KM Hunter award in dance, and a finalist for the inaugural Johanna Metcalf awards of 2019.
An avid bird watcher, a singer-songwriter, an astrophysics enthusiast, an environmentalist and a bookworm, Lucy lives with her husband and son in a magical neighbourhood full of old trees and coyotes in Tkaronto/Toronto.
Francesca Chudnoff and Shakeil Rollock in 8 minutes 17 seconds. Photo by Melanie Gordon
photo of Lucy Rupert by Kendra Epik