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Laborious Song (2020)
by Daina Ashbee

Drawing on an imagery imbued with her personal history, Canadian choreographer Daina Ashbee traces the contours of a vulnerability that transcends genders.

Laborious Song explores the interstices between the angst and the playful jubilation of a peripheral and naked body.

Magnificently precise Benjamin Kamino abandons himself to an obsessive repetitive and accumulative leitmotiv. He appropriates the territory, summoning a self-destructive violence that brings about temporary relief.


The piece bathes into being a marshy universe. The falls of the performer are also dives in shallow water. Gianni Bardaro's music infiltrates the hollow spaces of all present bodies and its throbbing drone slowly dissipates the collective pain.




Artistic Direction & Concept: Daina Ashbee

Choreography : Daina Ashbee

performed by & in collaboration with: Benjamin Kamino


Music Composition: Gianni Bardaro 


Lighting Design: Vito Walter


Production: Daina Ashbee


Duration: 60 minutes

Photo: David Wong

Video: Nicolas VanAchter


Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec, Usine-C, Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV


Residencies: The Chocolate Factory, New York City - Plataforma 322, Puerto Vallarta


Premiere: March 3, 2020 – KVS, Brussels, Belgium


October 6, 2022

Festival of New Dance

St. Johns, Newfoundland


June 11 & 12, 2021

Performance Mix Festival

Abrons Centre

New York City, New York

October 5 & 6, 2021

actoral festival


Montreal, QC

July 3 & 4, 2021

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France

October 3 & 4, 2020

actoral Festival

Marseille, France


July 7, 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France



World premiere 

March 3, 2020

Kaaitheatre's Women Festival at KVS 

Brussels, Belgium

Work-in-Progress presentation

November 21, 2020


Musée d'Art Contemporain

Montréal, QC


Work-in-Progress presentation

June 1 & 2, 2019

OFFTA 2019

Montréal, QC

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