The Good Heart

The Good Heart

About This Performance

In Partnership with Rachela Abbate, SQx is creating a new interdisciplinary ballet.


Artistic Partner:  Rachela Abbate

Choreographer:  Carmen Moreira

Rehearsal Director:  Josephine Craig Penner

Dancers:  Carmen Moreira, Josephine Craig Penner, Kailtyn Bass



A mixture of political essays and literature, baroque music, and medical screens will be compiled and découpaged to develop a video projection that will be shown on the floor and walls of the performances in the colours of medical scans. We are simmering-down and measuring the colour of a human heart through medical scans, political texts, literature, and the mathematical structure created between the notes and frequencies in our baroque music selection.


A Dance Performance In 3 Parts

Resistance as a socio-political activity is in modern understatement a form of disobedience or opposition, refusing injustice or other ethical absence and advocating policies and principles in the natural and social realms. 


Resistance can have different forms and expressions from violent to non-harming activities. At the core of Good Heart is the idea of resistance as a possibility of regeneration and transcendence. Awareness, recognition, as well as empathy, are conditions of knowledge and transformation, going beyond dichotomy and conflict. This attitude in resistance could be characterized as female and is inherent in all human beings. Its characteristics are often represented with the symbol of the heart, in its cultural/religious and physical meanings of connectivity, care and cure, sharing, creation, transcendence.  


We structured the work in three units whereby the third unit has three parts itself. By the German word Aufhebung is given the complex definition of the “good heart” as the meaning of this word is threefold: 1) preserve, conserve; 2) abolish, suspend 3) transcend, sublate.


I   Good Heart

II  Resistance 

III Aufhebung – Tryptic:  Preserve | Abolish | Transcend


Instead of thinking qualities or activities as dichotomy of inside and outside, we see the heart – like the dance – between presence and absence, in balance between the collapses of the movement which depends on time and space.


Outcomes of Our Collaboration

  1. Interdisciplinary performance work (45 minutes) suitable for theatres
  2. Interdisciplinary performance work (20 minutes) suitable for galleries 
  3. Evolution of Good Heart:  A book revealing the creative process, pictures, fundraising techniques, economic development, benefits of bilateral cultural exchange partnerships 
  4. Round Tables and Impact Seminars for Columbia Basin artist to share partnership-art-making
  5. Cumulating Documentary:  Revealing the “making of The Good Heart”
  6. Long-Term Strategic Evaluation Plan