Based on information compiled from questions about Joshua Beamish’s interests and personal history, Gagnon probes toxic masculinity through relentless movement. Image-based references to boxing and training to fight, serve as a metaphor for internal struggles of self, identity, and effort.
This work originally premiered at the ROMP Festival in Victoria, BC. It has since been presented at Brian Webb Dance Series (Edmonton), Dancing on the Edge, Dancemakers (Toronto), Seattle International Dance Festival, and Martha Graham in NYC. This work was created with the support of BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Dancer / performer : Joshua Beamish
With RITUAL FOR THE INUIT, the choreographer Lene Boel explores the influence of the nordic myths that this artist particularly likes. Created in 2010, the work is based on field research in Greenland and juxtaposes Inuit culture, its relationship to magic and animated spiritual values with the raw and urban hip hop and breakdance culture.
The two dancers evolve into a circle, a territory of sharing where each is equidistant from the centre and at the heart of Inuit and hip hop culture. Traditionally, Inuit resolve their conflicts there while hip hop dancers challenge each other with explosive gestural inventions.
Choreographer Lene Boel has created a unique performance about the basic forces of humanity, a hybrid between dance, a music inspired by sampled drum-song and hip hop, the light and the minimalistic striking scenography.
This piece has benefited from a creative residency at studio Ballet Hop.
Dancers / performers : Hocine Khiar, Mehdi Belkabir
Music : Rex Casswell (UK)
Costumes : Dorte Thorsen (DK)
Lighting : Jesper Kongshaug (DK)
Photographer : Stuart McIntyre
Tecnical Director : Malte Haugaard
Acknowledgements : The Danish Arts Council and the William Demant Foundation.
Revolving around identity while tripping on doubt, the solo SHE draws inspiration from the novel The Passion according to G.H. by Clarice Lispector – in which the female protagonist, alone in a room, confusingly and sensually talks through her existential and spiritual crisis. Through movement, distortion and an interview with a phantom interrogator, the work morphs in and out of different states and proposes looking at a questioning body through a female lens.
This piece has benefited from a creative residency at studio CCOV, the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, at studio Z and at studio Flak.
Choreographe, written and performed by Dorotea Saykaly
Music: Riku Mäkinen
Costumes conception: Carla Romagnoli
Lighting designer: Erwann Bernard
Regie video: Jimmy Lakotos
Outside eye and consultant: Eve Garnier
Acknoledgements : Special thanks to Compagnie Flak, Danse à la Carte, the CCOV and Compagnie Marie Chouinard for residency spaces (the last two were enabled through Festival Quartier Danse).
Thank you to Cube to Girl to Bird productions for assistance with this project.