• Main Stage

Relative Collider

Showing on February 4–6, 2016

Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Relative Collider, Liz Santoro, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Ian Douglas

Liz Santoro/Pierre Godard: Le principe d'incertitude (France)

Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard have crafted a dance performance as pleasurable to contemplate as it is to watch. From the suspense of small movements to the eruption of sweeping motion, the show takes us on an adventure of the body. Close collaborators for years, Godard and Santoro bring with them a wealth of experience: Santoro hails from the experimental dance culture of New York City, Godard from the cerebral academic culture of the Sorbonne in Paris, and these backgrounds make for an electric combination.

Their inspiration comes from physics, numerical structure and language. The dancers act based on two “movement systems” operating in parallel: “hands” and “feet.” The dance is timed to a metronome, and the moves are dictated by patterns of numbers and random spoken text cues. Sound a little heady? Don’t worry: the performance is hypnotic and thrilling, with patterns of movement taking on the aspect of a living puzzle. Sensuous and cerebral in equal measure, this show is a challenge and a reward. Godard and Santoro find a balance between planning and spontaneit—their work is both intricately structured and open to felicity. Radical, rigorous and ingenious, this work is truly one of a kind.

Obsessive, intriguing… Relative Collider is like a continuous transition, a drawn-out crescendo, governed by a crystalline but elusive logic.

—New York Times

Relative Collider, Liz Santoro, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Ian Douglas

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Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street, Vancouver


February 4–6
45 minutes (no intermission)




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Eligible on the Youth Passport at the door only.

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Post-show talk
February 5

Conception: Liz Santoro, Pierre Godard | Choreographer: Liz Santoro | Text: Pierre Godard | Sound Designer: Brendan Dougherty | Costume Designer: Reid Bartelme | Performers: Pierre Godard, Cynthia Koppe, Liz Santoro, Stephen Thompson | Administrator: Fanny Lacour

Co-produced by L’Atelier de Paris–Carolyn Carlson, Théâtre de Vanves-Scène conventionnée pour la danse, The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Arts Center, with the support of French US Exchange In Dance, Drac Ile-De France, Centre national de la danse, Point ephémère, Impulstanz Festival | Le Principe d’incertitude is in residency at CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson