The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (“PuSh”) presents the Western Canadian premiere of Montreal choreographer Dana Gingras’ visually arresting new work, FRONTERA, for one-night only on January 30th.
Frontera at the PuSh Festival
When: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:00pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Available online now or call (604) 449-6000
Gingras and her internationally lauded dance company, Animals of Distinction, collaborate with the experimental post-rock band Fly Pan Am and members of the UK-based collective United Visual Artists to create a provocative multimedia experience of motion, sound, and light. The dancers on stage explore notions of individual and political agency within a contested space of borderlands — both real and imagined.
In FRONTERA, 10 dancers take to the stage amid pulsing flashes and towering vertical rays of light. The dancers react to the clarion call of the driving music and the whims of the lighting, becoming wildly shifting forms in a singular struggle between impulse and design. Columns of light alternately guide, divide, and entrap the dancers, but ultimately cannot defeat their fearless physicality and ingenuity. Apart from the bodies of the performers, there are no solid structures on stage. Borders, fences, and walls are showcased as luminous virtual constructs — reflecting their roles in our lives.
The scenography by United Visual Artists amplifies Fly Pan Am’s live music and field recordings from David Bryant of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The performance by Animals of Distinction features: Robert Abubo, Justin de Luna, Léna Demnati, Stacey Désilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Mark Sawh Medrano, Koliane Rochon Prom Tep, Sovann Rochon Prom Tep, and Lexi Vajda.
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival runs January 21 to February 9, 2020. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more info.
I have a pair of tickets to give away to this performance on January 30th, here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 12:00pm.
UPDATE the winner is Jason!