be heintzman hope

May 2 to 6, 2023

Switch (meditations on crying) + Poetics to Activate the Technology of the Body + Nurse Tree 

© Baco Lepage-Acosta

Tiotia:ke / Mooniyang / Montreal

Dance / Performance / Video

Presented in English

May 2, 2023: 7:30pm

May 3, 2023: 7:30pm

May 4, 2023: 7:30pm

May 5, 2023: 7:30pm

May 6, 2023: 2 pm

Be Heintzman Hope presents three projects in dialogue with one another:

Drawing from strip tease, lap dance, meditation and intuitive martial arts – Switch (meditations on crying) wrestles with socialized notions of sexiness and the buddhist concept of the hungry ghost. The hungry ghost in eastern philosophy represents the insatiable hunger alive in people that leads to addiction, self harm or harm to others. Switch (meditations on crying) is a dance solo that embodies the fluid and creaturely aspects of personhood, calling upon sensation to disrupt objectification.

Poetics to Activate the Technology of the Body is a dance video series inspired by guided meditations and the “how to” approach of a work-out video. These dance videos are a hymn to catching one’s breath, calming our nervous systems, and a digital spa where participants are guided back into self and into sensation through sound and dance.

Nurse Tree is an installation of body workers on the aesthetics and practices of care that seeks to move beyond critique of the medical industrial complex to a place where alternative economies of care exist. Wrestling with the need for another vision for future while acknowledging the harms of utopian thinking. It is a proposition for another way of living, dying and caring for each other along the way.

Free childcare will be offered during the performance on May 6th 2023. Register here.

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Be Heintzman Hope — Artistic direction, choreography, performance Switch (meditations on crying), sound weaver | Lucy B., Kaiden Diaz, Bam Truong — Performance Nurse Tree | Baco Lepage-Acosta — Conception video Poetics to Active the Technology of the Body | Nien Tzu Weng — Lighting fairy | Alice Lepage-Acosta — Costumes | Sasha Lang, Tomas Furey — Sound guides | Carmen Colas — Support to sound weaver | Néné Myriam-Konaté, Clara Furey, Baco Lepage-Acosta, Nada Khashaba, Dhalia Li, Maxine Segalowitz, K.G. Guttman, Carol Prieur — Dramaturgy | Malek Robanna — Astrological consult | Kinga Michalska, Baco Lepage-Acosta — Promotional images, video

Partners and supports for creation — CCOV, Studio 303

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of: Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Co-presented with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Danse-Cité.
Coproduced by Be Heintzman Hope, Danse-cité, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and Parbleux (delegated producer).