Through a co-production with Montreal/Vancouver-based Animals Of Distinction (animalsofdistinction.org), New Animal is a ferocious work created by Dana Gingras specifically for The 605 Collective. The piece exploits the supreme versatility of the five dancers – Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin, Dave Raymond and Amber Funk-Barton. Suffused with raw, unbridled energy, groove, ludic interaction and a hunger for movement, the performers reclaim their animal bodies as a means of becoming fully human.Engaging with the push and pull of the group dynamic, while recognizing its interdependence, New Animal attempts to speak of otherness. Both playful and intimate, this work walks a tightrope between fleeting moments of control and radical shifts in dynamics. The tension between flesh ultimately pushes the structure towards the edge of chaos and entropy. The collective effort to maintain form under pressure requires a concomitant acceleration of energy, and willingness to adapt against imminent disorder. New Animal is set to an eclectic soundtrack assembled and manipulated by Roger Tellier-Craig, and features film elements by Dana Gingras and Yannick Grandmont with lighting designed by Robert Sondergaard.
“This animal body, for all its susceptibility and vertigo, remains the primary instrument of all our knowing” – David Abram
Premiere Performance: The Cultch, Vancouver
Duration: 60 Minutes
Original Performers: Amber Funk Barton, Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin and David Raymond
Music Samples From: Neu!, Shinning Path, Boredoms, MIA, Brigitte Fontaine/Areski/Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Additional Sound Design: Roger Tellier-Craig
Footage: Jenn Strom
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