Enjeux (2014-15)

In this performance, bodies and objects act as extensions but also as limits, tools, or constraints towards each other. Between soft and hard bodies, between flesh and shell, role-play, sculptural compositions, and poetic evocations operate, intermixing childhood and the wandering of a globalized world in search of reinvention.

Every environment, its components, and the relations that occur in it constitute an enigma, a mystery to solve, a space to apprehend and categorize, with others to listen to and to enter into contact with. How do we decipher a place? What problems does it present? What decisions and actions should we take, and what kind of relationships should we have in/with it? Should we leave it as it is, or if not, how far should we go to reshape it? And for what purposes? In Enjeux, video images fragment onto sixty boxes which three dancers move around in a playful manner like pieces of a puzzle. The images blend with parts of bodies in motion, like mini-sections of a world in perpetual mutation, embedding the protagonists in imaginary realms where they become the actors. Symbolic objects for both adults and children, the boxes in Enjeux remind us of the social roles we play through our functions or simply by the way we live.

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Concept and artistic direction: Martin Kusch and Marie-Claude Poulin / Choreography: Marie-Claude Poulin / Media environment: Martin Kusch and Johannes Hucek / Sound environment: Alexandre St-Onge / Stage and light design: Martin Kusch / Performance: David Campbell, Marilou Lépine, Audrey Rochette / with the collaboration of: Armando Menicacci

A work in progress was presented in December 2014 during the Convergence Summit for Art and Technology at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.
Premiere on November 25th, 2015, at the Théâtre La Chapelle, in Montreal, Canada.