6-15 July 2006 (22 performances, including previews on 5 July)
Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver, Canada
city:skinned involved a three and a half month investigation examining Vancouver’s connection to its natural setting on the site of a former old growth forest, contrasting the European notion of ‘empty wilderness’, with the 10,000 year connection to place understood amongst local First Nations peoples. The work also posited the urban built environment as a ‘devastated landscape’ in ecological terms, as described by professionals working in the field of restoration ecology. The research culminated in two performances nightly of a 90 minute piece for audiences of 20 people at a time. The audience encountered fragments of performance, sound, video and installation by journeying on foot and by bus through a series of diverse interior and exterior locations in downtown Vancouver, arriving finally at a large urban forest (Stanley Park) where the piece concluded. Requiring audience to wear earplugs during certain parts of the work served to modulate/edit their sound experience. Integral also were creative workshops over three months with local people in association with Gallery Gachet, the Carnegie Centre and The Gathering Place community centres, during which individuals were invited to influence the final shape of city:skinned, working with movement, video, writing, and photography in response to the themes of the work.
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