Pour (2016)

"...the expression of the performer alternates like a hologram between violence and vulnerability. The naked, almost motionless female body seems to be feeling its way towards pockets of pain locked deep inside, chiseling them out and sculpting them into somatic experience." Astrid Kaminski, Tanzraumberlin

 

 

Pour is a work that explores the vulnerability and strength of women, uncovering the layers of pain we absorb in our bodies through a society that does not support them. Like her previous works, Ashbee has created a dark work that confronts it’s audiences. Yet, for the first time, layers of joy and celebration pierce the tension that has been manifested throughout the performance.

 

Choreographically, Ashbee hopes to transform energy through performance and liberate her desires to occupy space with her body and even play amongst and against the frameworks she feels warped her self-image as an adolescent.  She used her own menstrual cycle as the hub of her interest throughout the development of the work. 

 

Her synthetic set design mimics natural landscape. Her use of repetition evokes transformation which hints towards many possibilities for a resolution, while maintaining an intense vulnerability between the performer and the audience. 

 

This courageous performance traverses states of liberation, control, pain, beauty and catharsis in a live and intimate setting.

Credits

 

Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Scenography: Daina Ashbee

Interpreted by: Irene Martínez

Lighting Design: Hugo Dalphond

Original Sound Scape Design: Jean-Francois Blouin

Understudy: Émilie Morin

Outside Eyes: Andrew Tay et Angelique Wilkie

Duration: 60 minutes

Photo: Arnaud Caravielhe

Video: Alejandro Jiménez

Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, La Chapelle: Scènes Contemporains

Calendar 

 

October 19 - 20, 2021

Daina Ashbee Retrospective 

Usine-C

Montreal, QC

 

July 1 - 2, 2021

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France

 

July 1, 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France

(cancelled) 

 

October 23 - 24, 2019

Fluid Festival 

Calgary, Alberta 

 

September 25 - 26, 2019

IMPACT FESTIVAL

Kitchener, Ontario

 

September 18, 2019

Rotterdam Theatre

Rotterdam, Holland

 

July 2, 2019 

Festival les 7 Collines

St. Étienne, France

 

May 1 - 3, 2019

Agora de la Danse 

Montreal, QC

 

March 4 - 7, 2019 

La Rotonde

Quebec City, QC

 

February 22 - 24, 2019 

The Sony Center

Toronto, Ontario

 

October 20 - 21, 2018

Oktoberdans

Bergen, Norway

 

October 17 - 18, 2018 

RIMI/IMIR

Stavanger, Norway

 

July 16, 2018

Nultý Bod (Zero Point Festival)

Prague, Czech Republic

 

March 14, 2018

Ellas Crean Festival

Madrid, Spain

 

March 9 - 10, 2018

Hiroshima

Barcelona, Spain

 

February 1 - 3, 2018 

PUSH International Performing Arts Festival 

Vancouver, British Columbia

 

November 9 -11, 2017

Moving in November Festival

Helsinki, Finland

 

October 12 - 13, 2017

Actoral

Marseille, France

 

June 2 - 4, 2017 

Festival Trans-Ameriques

Montréal, QC

 

May 19 - 21, 2017

Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques 

Seine Saint-Denis, France

 

September 26 - 29, 2016

La Chapelle : Scènes Contemporains 

Montréal, Québec