Laborious Song (2020) 

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.


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 7th 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France



World premiere 

March 3rd 2020

Kaaitheatre's WoWmen Festival

at KVS 

Brussles, Belgium

Work-in-Progress presentation

November 21st 2020


Musée d'Art Contemporain

Montréal, QC


Work-in-Progress presentation

June 1 & 2 

OFFTA 2019

Montréal, QC

Artistic Direction, Concept, Design & Choreography: Daina Ashbee

in collaboration w/& performed by: 

Benjamin Kamino 

Music Composition : 

Gianni Bardaro (Colombia)

Lighting Design : Vito Walter 


Daina Ashbee

Supported by :

Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec, Usine-C

Residencies :

The Chocolate Factory, New York City - Plataforma 322, Puerto Vallarta - Bad Lemons, Munich, Germany