Sometimes you have to leave home in order to understand your roots and fall back in love with what you’d seen too frequently to appreciate before. Deux solitudes dans une même présence explores the (re-)construction of identity through uprooting and the body in exile. The experience of migration intimately informs this solo piece by Venezuelan choreographer and dancer Ariana Pirela Sánchez, where the body, carrying its ancestral memories, is seen as a vehicle for desire, resistance and resilience. Embracing the form of a confessional narrative, the artist explores themes of forgetting, confabulation and rejection in the face of cultural assimilation in order to exhume her deepest memories.
Conseil des arts de Montréal and the MAI partner to offer a range of services to a choreographer (or a collective of choreographers) who encounters structural and systemic obstacles in their artistic practice based on their identities. This partnership provides artists with the means to question, test ideas and techniques, to collaborate and create through a well-supported process that is inclusive of time, space and administrative resources. In 2021, two in process-showing will take place.