daina ashbee (cancelled)


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J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (TIME, CREATION, DESTRUCTION)

© Stephanie Paillet

Snuneymuxw Territory / Gabriola Island, BC

Dance / Performance

Presented in English

November 9, 2022: 7.30 pm

November 10, 2022: 7.30 pm

November 11, 2022: 7.30 pm

November 11, 2022: 7.30 pm

The first group piece by the prolific Daina Ashbee, J‘ai pleuré avec les chiens (TIME, CREATION, DESTRUCTION 2021) plunges into canine states of being with both sober and incisive precision. Far from any possible attempts at categorization or binary representation, the naked and gaping bodies pierced by chants attempt to come closer together, pile up in vanishing lines – before breaking apart. Connection then emerges, in poetics of deflagration and trance, while the sounds produced by the bodies generate movements, growls, yelps, cries and calls. True flesh channels, the performers transmit myriads of stories, embodying a web of possibilities where everything can coexist. Because everything is transitory, fleeting, and forges a sensory experience where the sensitive configuration shapes a ritual of cohabitation and decompartmentalization. This work inspired by the density and complexity of human structure, explores its entrails, its thought processes, its energy and its life force.

Talkback with the artist following the November 11th performance — Hosted by Francine Tougas. 

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Co-production partners:

KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Festival TransAmériques – FTA, Agora de la danse, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO), National Arts Centre, Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV

Residency partners:

KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Harbourfront Centre (TO), Montpellier Danse (FR), CCOV (Montreal)

Funding partners:

Developed with support from the National Art Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec


Choreographer : Daina Ashbee | Rehearsal Director : Gabriel Nieto | Performers : Angélica Morga, Irene Martínez, Greys Vecchionacce, Gabriel Nieto, Lorena Olguin, Elise Vanderborght | Mentor : Benoît LaChambre | Lighting Designer : Vito Walter | Project Manager : Angélica Morga | Musical Compilation: Sean MacPherson, Daina Ashbee, Gabriel Nieto | Text (Française) : Nayla Naoufal | Photo and Video : Nicolas VanAchter & Stephanie Paillet

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