Joshua Beamish - Fighting Chance
Based information compiled from questions about 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 have since been presented at Brian Webb Dance Series (Edmonton), Dancing on the Edge, Dancemakers (Toronto), Seattle International Dance Festival, Martha Graham in NYC. This work was created with the support of BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Lene Boel / Next Zone - Ritual
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 a hybrid between dance, a music inspired by sampled drum-song and hip hop, the light and the minimalistic striking scenography.
Dorotea Saykaly - She
Life is a series of choices strung together. A coming to crossroads and having to chose a path in order to advance. What happens however when one feels incapable of making decisions due to fear, lack of clarity or simply wondering “why”? What is the state of the body during this process of finding answers?
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 identity crisis. Through movement, distortion and an interview with an phantom interrogator, this self-choreographed work looks at the states of hesitation and solitude through a female lens. A woman questioning her instincts while finding her grounds.