Mike Bourscheid and Justine Chambers (Canada) Presented with Western Front

Idealverein

Performances
Photo: ©Luke Andrew Walker
Mike Bourscheid Exhibition

PRESENTED WITH WESTERN FRONT

Six dancers, some very distinctive costumes and a set of unspoken rules; those are the basic elements of this performance, but listing them doesn’t begin to do justice to its humour, sophistication and originality. Idealverein is a game of sorts; it’s played in teams of three, and it involves a mixture of improv and strict rules. There are moments of grace, moments of awkwardness, moments that may elicit a guffaw…

And then there are the costumes, which dominate the stage and dictate much of the action: metal hardware, sausages, boiled eggs, lipstick, fake hair and much more have gone into their making, and they’re clearly the work of an original talent. The players wear large tan aprons and individually tailored footwear that serve to define their movements; these “costume-objects,” as their creator calls them, speak to the show’s fetishistic ritualism—and to its impish sense of fun.

Mike Bourscheid Exhibition
Photo: ©Allison Collins
Mike Bourscheid Exhibition
Photo: ©Allison Collins
Mike Bourscheid Exhibition
Photo: ©Allison Collins

Venue

303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver

When

January 22–24
Artist Talk Jan 25 3PM
60 mins, no intermission

8PM

Tickets

Single tickets $15
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Content Note: Includes use of scents.

Credits

DANCERS Alison Denham, Ed Spence, Ralph Escamillan, Erika Mitsuhashi, Germaine Koh, Mike Bourscheid CHOREOGRAPHY Justine Chambers, Mike Bourscheid COSTUMES AND PROPS Mike Bourscheid DIRECTOR Mike Bourscheid in collaboration with Western Front

SUPPORTED BY FOCUNA Luxembourg, Ministère de la culture Luxembourg, Western Front

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