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
IMMORTALITY explores man’s dream of immortality, which has been the basis of much philosophical and religious thought since the beginning of humanity. Here, the work not only focuses on the history, traditions and rituals but also on the futuristic visions of scientists: the immortality of the future through the artificial rejuvenation of the body or the liberation from the body as the only home of the human mind.
IMMORTALITY is interpreted by Japanese dancer Ismaera Takeo Ishii, who is one of few dancers strongly founded in both butoh dance and urban dance at a high level. The strong inner focus of butoh dance mixed with the explosive characteristics of urban dance create an interesting choreographic space for choreographer Lene Boel who excels in combining ultra-precise gestures with extreme physical movement.
Dancers / performers : Ismaera Takeo Ishii
Music : Rex Casswell (UK)
Costumes : Dorte Thorsen (DK)
Lightning : Jesper Kongshaug (DK)
Photographer : Dan Aucante
Technical director : Malte Haugaard
Acknowledgements : The Danish Arts Consil 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.
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.