Dana Gingras and Animals of Distinction | Canada
8–12 JANUARY Carriageworks $60–$70 + BF 70 MINS
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  • Wed 8 Jan at 7.30pm
    Thu 9 Jan at 7.30pm
    Fri 10 Jan at 7.30pm
    Sat 11 Jan at 4.30pm*
    Sun 12 Jan at 4.30pm

    * Followed by Q&A

  • Premium Full Price – $70
    A Reserve Full Price – $60
    A Reserve Concession – $54
    A Reserve Under 30's – $39
    + booking fee

Dana Gingras and Animals of Distinction | Canada

Visual Concept & Scenography: United Visual Artists

Music: Fly Pan Am

In an era of rising nationalism and mass surveillance, the human body is subject to increasingly invasive forms of oversight and processing.

As walls go up and borders harden, as public and private space is consumed by technology that monitors and tests our actions and legitimacy, Canadian avant-garde choreographer Dana Gingras and her dancers ask: what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?

A synchronised, intricate and staccato field of light and projections, created by United Visual Artists (UVA), is scored with live music by Canadian post-rockers Fly Pan Am and field recordings by Dave Bryant (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor). In this liminal, minimal space, the 10 dancers of Frontera navigate ideas of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

Frontera is the latest in a series of socially engaged, cutting edge, large-scale works created by Gingras and her company Animals of Distinction; work shaped by shifts in technological possibility and inspired by the belief that the body,"can be employed to explore a vision of the world that is larger than our individual, isolated experiences".

"Electrifying… like holding on for dear life to a power line downed in a storm that keeps thrashing and sparking" – The Guardian (for Monumental)

"Astounding" - The Athletic (for Monumental)

Important Info
Warning - this performance contains haze and strobe lighting.
Cast and Credits
Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo
Produced by Animals of Distinction
Choreographer Dana Gingras
Visual concept & Scenography United Visual Artists
Music Fly Pan Am
Field Recordings Dave Bryant
Dancers Robert Abubo, Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati, Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Mark Medrano , Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Lexi Vajda
Dramaturgy Ruth Little
Rehearsal Director Sarah Williams
Producer & Agent Sarah Rogers
Technical Director JF Piché
Stage Management Dominique Sarrazin
Sound Technician Yann Dupuis

Creation Residencies Centre de Création O Vertigo, Place des Arts

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.

Co-produced by Le Grand Théâtre du Québec / La Rotonde, Danse Danse Montréal, Sydney Festival, CTM Festival Berlin & Vancouver's PuSh International Arts Festival.

Frontera thanks and acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, CCOV, and National Creation Fund.


$60–$70 + BF
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