Vías’ Flesh and Sound challenges how live art engages the audience. This two-part performance begins with an interactive installation in the gallery conceived by Siam Obregón, aimed at fostering a sense of attentiveness and contemplation in the viewer before transitioning into the performance in the theatre. This installation provides a unique opportunity for spectators to delve into the sounds that will later envelop them in the performance, offering a space for exploration, discovery, and reflection.
Following the installation, the theatre performance by Paco Ziel and Bernardo Alvarado Rojas features a rotating cast, ensuring a different perspective each night. Utilizing a 360-degree sound design, the performers elicit movement through reactions, disruptions, and amplifications. The choreography and sonic composition are intricately intertwined, drawing inspiration from creatures rooted in Mexican pre-Hispanic cosmology, bridging the past with the present. By integrating the study of pre-Hispanic instruments with contemporary technology and incorporating kinetic and acoustic vibrations from the human body, this performance invites the audience to break away from Western conventions of sound analysis, perception, and emotional resonance, posing a fundamental question: “How do you listen?”
The Flesh and Sound installation in the MAI gallery will be open to the public from 12pm to 6pm, from Wednesday November 8th to Saturday November 11th, 2023.
Rotating performers :
Nov 8th → Paco Ziel + Bernardo Alvarado Rojas
Nov 9th → Rachelle Bourget + Bernardo Alvarado Rojas
Nov 10th → Isabel Cruz + Rachelle Bourget
Nov 11th → Isabel Cruz + Paco Ziel
Co-creators: Siam Obregón, Bernardo Alvarado Rojas, Paco Ziel.
Performers: Rachelle Bourget, Isabel Cruz , Bernardo Alvarado Rojas, Paco Ziel
Artistic advisor: Ami Shulman
External eye: Diana León
Visual direction, art installation design and set design: Siam Obregón
Sound Design: Eric Saucke-Lacelle
Technical Director: Benoit Lariviere
Lighting Designer: Benoit Larivière
Costume Design: Camille Thibault-Bédard
Official photo: Damian Siqueiros
Partners: MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Àgora de la Danse, Danse à la Carte, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Vidéographe, Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Consulado General de México en Montreal, Espacio México.
Creative team biographies
Paco Ziel, Co-Creator and Performer
Born in Mexico City, Paco began his career in classical dance at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. Alongside his studies, Paco developed an interest in deep body awareness, leading him to discover different ways of training such as the Rubberband method, Gaga, Yoga , Feldenkrais and meditation. Since 2015, he has been a dancer with RUBBERBAND, under the direction of Victor Quijada, and has toured with the company in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Germany and Poland. In 2014, he founded the multidisciplinary laboratory Quantum Collective, presented twice by Tangente in Montreal. Paco has worked with other Montreal artists and companies such as PPS Danse, Anne Plamondon Productions, Martin Messier, Je suis Julio and independent choreographers. He has been a guest teacher at Springboard Danse Montréal, Domaine Forget, Transformation, l’École de Danse de Québec, l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and Danse à la Carte. He is a self-taught filmmaker, photographer and electronic music composer who focuses primarily on the human body, movement and natural landscapes. Since 2019 Paco has been co-director of Vías alongside Diana León, for which he participated in the creation of the works Sur ce chemin, tu es sûr de te perdre, Sabor de mi corazón and Flesh and Sound.
Bernardo Alvarado, Co-Creator and Performer
Bernardo Alvarado Rojas is a music producer, composer and sound designer interested in finding ways to provoke vitality, self awareness and an enhanced perception of our relationship to our planet Earth and its habitants via his artwork. He makes use of a blend of ancestral and modern acoustic instruments, sound recording, and electronic instrumentation to create music and sound that attempts to explore the depths of our humanity.
Bernardo was born and raised in Mexico City. At age 19 he started his formal training as a producer, classical composer, pianist and guitarist at Concordia University. After graduating with honors in 2015, he started producing and collaborating with other artists to create electronic, traditional and classical music as KALMO. He also started offering professional music composition, sound design and sound post-production services to music supervisors, video editors, film directors, video production companies and dance choreographers with his label VibroSounds.
Siam Obregón, Visual direction, art installation design and set design
Siam Obregón is a Mexican independent filmmaker, visual artist, and curator based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She graduated with honors from Concordia University, earning her BFA degree with a specialization in Film Production.
With a diverse artistic background in dance, theater, and photography, she is driven to experiment with various mediums. Her focus centers on observation, intimacy, and themes of cultural identity. Her latest works have been featured in multiple festivals, including HotDocs, Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA), REGARD, and the Rhode Island Film Fest.
Isabel Cruz, Performer
Isabel Cruz graduated from l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec in 2022. She is now working with Margie Gillis as part of the Legacy Project. Her creative background has evolved through the years, including dance and music performance. Isabel is also interested and enjoys playing with music, choreography, design, painting, and photography, all of which she does for her own pleasure but as well as to serve her community. Isabel aims to reach a profound knowledge of dance’s breathtaking language in order to convey her feelings, ideas, and emotions through the practice, and consequently reach a level of communion both with herself and as a consequence with
Rachelle Bourget, Performer
Based in Montreal, Rachelle Bourget is a contemporary dance artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers, she has worked with numerous choreographers, including Daina Ashbee, ENTITEY/jason martin, VIVUS – James Viveiros, Danse K par K, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, @tendance/C.Medina, Pablo Bronstein, and in works by Ming Hon and Riley Sims.
She was a founding member of Nova Dance Collective, a Winnipeg-based contemporary dance collective, between 2011 and 2016. She later focused on developing her artistic practice through the creation of solo works, mainly AFTER THE CAUSE, which was presented in Winnipeg at the Rachel Browne Theatre (2019), and in Montreal at Tangente Danse (2021) and Festival OFFTA (2022).