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: 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


September 26 - 29th, 2016

La Chapelle : Scènes Contemporains 

Montréal, Québec

May 19 - 21st, 2017

Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques Seine Saint-Denis, France

June 2 - 4th, 2017 

Festival TransAmeriques, Montréal, QC

October 12 - 13th, 2017

Actoral - Marseille, France

November 9 -11th, 2017

Moving in November Festival - Helsinki, Finland

February 1 - 3rd, 2018 

PUSH International Performing Arts Festival Vancouver, British Columbia

March 9 - 10th, 2018

Hiroshima - Barcelona, Spain

March 14th, 2018

Ellas Crean Festival - Madrid, Spain

July 16th 2018

Nultý Bod (Zero Point Festival) - Prague, République Tchèque

October 17 - 18th 2018 

RIMI/IMIR - Stavanger, Norway

October 20 - 21st 2018

Oktoberdans - Bergen, Norway

February 22 - 24th 2019 

The Sony Center - Toronto, Ontario

March 4 - 7th 2019 

La Rotonde - Quebec City, QC

May 1, 2, 3 - 2019

Agora de la Danse 

Montreal, QC

July 2nd 2019 

Festival les 7 Collines

St. Étienne, France

September 18th 2019

Rotterdam Theatre

Rotterdam, Holland

September 25 - 26th 2019


Kitchener, Ontario

October 23rd and 24th 

Fluid Festival 

Calgary, Alberta 

July 1st 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France


July 1&2 2021

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France

October 19 & 20 

Daina Ashbee Retrospective 


Montreal, QC