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Company Drift (Zurich)

January 27-29, 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre


Presented with The Dance Centre

Post-Show Talkback Jan 28
Running Time 55m

$28 Adult / $20 Senior, Student, Dance Centre Member
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On Stage Béatrice Jaccard, Massimo Bertinelli, François Gendre | Concept Massimo Bertinelli, François Gendre | Director, Stage Set, Lighting Peter Schelling | Composition Massimo Bertinelli, François Gendre, Béatrice Jaccard | Choreography Béatrice Jaccard | Video Peter Schelling | Lighting Designer Alain Menétrey | Video, Assistant Stage Set Sergej Nikokoshev | Production Manager Beatrice Rossi


Consider how science might investigate some of life’s more absurd scientific questions: how can the inaudible be made audible? How does a fly scream when it bumps into a burning hot light bulb? What does Mr. Fish say to Ms Fish when he asks for her fin in marriage? What does the rose whisper when the sun comes up?

In sound machine, Company Drift gathers these and other ‘inaudible’ noises and mixes them with dance, theatre, sound and video to exhibit a dreamlike world that is profound and surreal, tragic and witty, and continually surprising. sound machine has been described as a “complex, fascinating piece of visual art,” a “concert–composed by the performers–of gurgles, pops, thumps and songs” and a demonstration of “how the fantastic hides behind the bland.”

“Laugh-out loud hilarious and endlessly inventive, Company Drift’s work blurred the borders between dance, theater and music… a dazzling highlight.” – San Diego Union Tribune

Company Drift is an internationally acclaimed Swiss ensemble that enjoys examining the absurdities of everyday life, and is strongly influenced by surrealism and Dadaism. The artistic directors, Béatrice Jaccard and Peter Schelling have worked together since 1987, on artistic works they describe as oscillating “between violence and tenderness.” Company Drift has received numerous awards and accolades including the Swiss Award for Dance and Choreography, and has presented its work in over 30 countries. drift.ch