Animals of Distinction, founded in 2006 as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo, is the multi-media dance company of choreographer and dancer Dana Gingras
Ballroom music, but no ballroom. Twin blue turntables play one last record, crackling and humming with the fading memory of tunes. The theatre has been emptied of intent, or given over to its own. Two lone figures slip out from behind the curtained void. They dance masked, their faces as brief as emblems, their bodies a broken sign for what holds our own together. We should not be fooled by their awkwardness, their stuttering steps, their disarticulation, twitching and near-misses. For they have learned to use their bodies as if they were new to them, to catch that crack and spark of consciousness, fleeting as a firefly, between motion and what wills it. Broken virtuosos, they have grown used to ducking into the in-between, in the very nick of time. We stand in the interval. Take stock of a distance. Somewhere between maybe.
The work – in its strangeness, its timeless universe, neither real nor entirely fictional – escapes all labels we might try and stick to it.
Pushing the boundaries of performance, visual arts, theatre of objects, burlesque and dance, Somewhere Between Maybe innovates, stirs the pot and brings joy.
Dana Gingras uses a particular feminine imagery to (playfully) denounce a way of understanding identity and its modes of representation – not only of women, but also, in turn, of dancers, artists and citizens in society.
Posted on: Tuesday January 20, 2015