JORDAN TANNAHILL WAS AN ACCLAIMED PLAYWRIGHT — BUT NOT A DANCER. THEN HE MET CHRISTOPHER HOUSE

'He is at once my best friend, my brother, my queer father, my mentor and my collaborator'

"He is at once my best friend, my brother, my queer father, my mentor, and my collaborator." Tannahill and House dance together on In the Making — stream the full episode now on CBC Gem. 3:45

Stream Christopher House’s episode of In the Making now on CBC Gem.

At the age of 31, Jordan Tannahill is fast becoming a celebrated Canadian talent. He is already a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and has been described “one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-around multidisciplinary artists.”

In the new season of In the Making, Tannahill collaborates with Christopher House — a legend in the contemporary dance world who is about to retire from the Toronto Dance Theatre after being there for 40 years. House is a unique voice in dance who defies categorization. His work explores presentness and often involves improvisational elements.

In House’s In the Making episode, we find him working with Tannahill on Marienbad, the duet they created together that interrogates ideas of past, present and the relationship of bodies in time and space. Tannahill is a non-dancer and House is an Order of Canada-anointed lion of the dance world. CBC Arts spoke to Tannahill about the experience of taking such an unorthodox risk with a master.

How did you meet Christopher House?

I met Christopher after a performance of Einstein on the Beach in Toronto back in 2012. He was standing outside the theatre with some friends of mine; we began chatting and the connection was immediate.

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