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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.



Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Scenography: Daina Ashbee

Interpreted by: Imara Bosco 

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



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Montreal, QC


July 1 - 2, 2021

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Festival les 7 Collines

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March 4 - 7, 2019 

La Rotonde

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February 22 - 24, 2019 

The Sony Center

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October 20 - 21, 2018


Bergen, Norway


October 17 - 18, 2018 


Stavanger, Norway


July 16, 2018

Nultý Bod (Zero Point Festival)

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March 14, 2018

Ellas Crean Festival

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PUSH International Performing Arts Festival 

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November 9 -11, 2017

Moving in November Festival

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October 12 - 13, 2017


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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

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