Into the twists and turns of the human psyche, both personal and collective
Shifting between the temptation of being alone and the threat of real conflict, six dancers incarnate the deep ambivalence of human relations. The choreography of Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé brilliantly evokes alienation and the strength of the group in solos that reveal individuals bristling with hopes and contradictions. The choreographer turns this sombre premise into a radiant work. A pioneer on the Montreal hip hop scene, ‘Spicey’ adroitly imposes with a piece that was awarded the 2019 Prix de la danse de Montréal – Discovery category and finalists for the 35th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal 2020.
Are we not condemned to live under the scrutiny of those around us? Sartre’s remark that hell is other people served as the point of departure for In-Ward. The choreographer channels the brute physicality and the strong personalities of hip hop dancers in a to-and-fro of dramatic tensions/attractions and dark humour that cleverly evince the French philosopher’s concept of intersubjectivity.Alone, but part of a group. ‘Spicey’ and her talented performers manage to embrace that fundamental paradox of human existence by cleaving closely to the language and spirit of hip hop in this resolutely contemporary work. First presented at the MAI in January 2019, In-Ward will be performed in Agora’s variable configuration studio.
Dance Hall Kids Club
March 13 – From 6 to 9 p.m
Agora offers families the opportunity to drop off their children at our Dance Hall Kids Club for ages 1 to 12. The professional team of CRÉTAVIE welcomes young people during the show. An introductory dance activity is offered on site by a young professional. Parents can enjoy the show with peace of mind, and even have a drink at the Agora’s café-bar before or after the show.
Cost: $5. Reservation required. Limited number of places.
Company Ebnfloh Choreography Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé in collaboration with the performers Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton Johnson, Christina ‘Hurricane Tina’ Paquette, Nindy ‘Banks’ Pierre-Louis, Elie-Anne ‘Rawss’ Ross, Mukoma-K ‘JStyle’ Nshinga et Jaleesa ‘Tealeaf’ Coligny. Mumble Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton Johnson Rehearsal director Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas Music Richard ‘Shash’U St-Aubin Artistic advisors Anne Plamondon et Helen Simard Lighting and Technical Direction Benoit Larivière & Leticia Hamaoui Set : Construction L.-Paquette Outside eyes Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas et Mathieu Leroux Coproduction CCOV- Centre de création O Vertigo
A leading figure in the Quebec and Canadian hip hop scenes, Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé launched the Bust a Move festival in 2005. It was the biggest urban dance competition in Canada until the adventure came to an end in 2015. She created the pieces Retrospek and Renézance before founding her own company Ebnfloh in 2015. In-Ward is her second choreography under that banner.
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