Animals of Distinction (Canada)/Fly Pan Am (Canada)/United Visual Artists (UK)
This powerhouse multimedia performance unites post-rock masters Fly Pan Am with choreographer Dana Gingras and her Animals of Distinction dance company. If you saw the Gingras co-creation monumental at PuSh 2016, you surely remember its spectacular fusion of sound and motion; here, again, are live music and dance in the service of metaphor. The guiding ideas are borders and surveillance: how do they define us, and when do we dare challenge them?
“Fly Pan Am is not afraid to flirt with the bizarre in reaching for the sublime, and the result is challenging music of considerable integrity.”—Copper Press
The scenography, by United Visual Artists, is stark and suggestive; space is defined by light alone. Amid pulsing flashes and towering vertical rays, ten human figures dance—at times alone, at times with each other, at times against each other. Their wild gestures are a response to the propulsive music, to the commands of the lighting and to things less easy to define; it’s a large-scale struggle between impulse and design. The shafts of illumination are as beautiful as they are imposing; at times, they imprison the dancers like bars, but they cannot defeat human vitality. FRONTERA is a work of awe and resistance in equal measure — an adventure for the eyes, the ears and the mind.
“Gingras’ 25 year career has moved across mediums and artistic practices and has established her as a game-changing, boundary-pushing artist.”—The Suburban
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Animals of Distinction
Besides dance, Dana Gingras and Animals of Distinction have explored film, design, visual art and more. Their impulse to mine different media has brought them into collaboration with many great artists, and now it brings them to Fly Pan Am, who emerged from Montreal’s experimental rock scene in 1996 and have since become underground legends.
630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
70 minutes, no intermission
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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Friendly, Introduction Coming Soon
With Live Description
Relaxed Viewing Spaces Available
Content Note: Includes strobe-like effects.
CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION Dana Gingras EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH Animals of Distinction VISUAL CONCEPT AND SCENOGRAPHY United Visual Artists LIVE MUSIC Fly Pan Am CREATED WITH AND PERFORMED BY Robert Abubo, Léna Demnati, Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Justin de Luna, Mark Medrano, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Lexi Vajda FIELD RECORDINGS Dave Bryant DRAMATURG Ruth Little ASSISTANT TO THE CHOREOGRAPHER & REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Sarah Williams PRODUCER & AGENT Sarah Rogers CO-PRODUCERS Grand Théâtre du Québec, Danse Danse (Montréal), Sydney Festival, CTM Festival (Berlin) & PuSh International Arts Festival (Vancouver)
DEVELOPED WITH the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund
CREATION RESIDENCY Centre de Création O Vertigo, Place des Arts