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  • Dana Gingras, Sarah Doucet

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  • Total duration: 65 min
  • The fundamental need to connect, despite obstacles of time and distance, has become a central paradigm of human communication. Making these concepts flesh, Heart as Arena, a multimedia work for five performers, explores ideas of receptivity, transmission and the secret language of electricity that animates heart, mind and muscle.

    Low-watt radio transmitters broadcast a fragile stream of love songs, snatches of static, and the deep silence of space. A constellation of radios hovers above the dancers and audience, creating a living array of sound. The transmissions create a physical soundscape that is constantly acted on and disrupted by the slipping frequencies and electrical fields created by the dancers’ moving bodies. Bellini's Norma, the canonical opera of desire, love and loss, acts as the emotional centre of the piece, emerging and disappearing throughout the piece like a distant station heard on late night radio.

    This choreography explores the heart as an arena of electrical and emotional force fields; the attraction and repulsion of bodies in motion; physically demanding expressions of need and want; the electrical interplay at the base of our emotions; the firing and silencing of the very neurons that create our experiences of falling in or out of love.

    The work features performers Sarah Doucet (Toronto), Shay Kuebler (Vancouver), Amber Funk Barton (Vancouver), Masaharu Imazu (Montreal/Japan) and Dana Gingras (Vancouver/Montreal). Creative collaborators include sound artist Anna Friz (Toronto/Chicago), sound and lighting artist Mikko Hynninen (Finland), dramaturge Ruth Little (England).

    • Year of premiere: 2011
    • Target audience: Adulte
    • Choreographer(s): Dana Gingras
    • Performer(s): Sarah Doucet, Amber Funk Barton, Dana Gingras, Masaharu Imazu et Shay Kuebler
    • Collaborator(s): Concept de transmission, installation et composition: Anna Friz; Éclairages: Mikko Hynninen; Dramaturgie: Ruth Little; Costumes et stylisme: Sarah Doucet.

    Heart As Arena is a co-production of the CanDance Network Creation Fund: The Cultch, Brian Webb Dance Company, National Arts Centre, L’Agora de la danse and supported by Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Last update: 4 novembre 2011