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FRONTERA FRONTERA FRONTERA FRONTERA

Trailer: Pascal Huot

 



FRONTERA

'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?



FRONTERA

'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of
understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field
recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?



FRONTERA

'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of
understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the
dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field
recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?



FRONTERA

'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of
understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the
dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field
recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?



FRONTERA

'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of
understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the
dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field
recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?

Press:

“The synchronicity of this collaborative piece is remarkable. It's a visual spectacle, a rock music engagement and a dance feast. Not a show to watch but a performance to experience.”

Broadway World

‘In Frontera, Dana Gingras portrays an intriguing yet strangely familiar world. Capturing our attention throughout the performance, prompting unanswered questions and inner turmoil, the choreographer brilliantly succeeds in enthralling us. An experience not to be missed!”

La Bible Urbaine, Montreal

« Le résultat est si percutant, si confrontant, si remuant qu’on est ressortie de ces 75 minutes complètement saisie, essoufflée et renversée. Un spectacle qu’on gardera longtemps en mémoire. »

Metro Montreal

« Artists are the lens through which the world passes, and the political extremes of our ever more fragile democracies is a topic that has beckoned many creatives. In Frontera, it imagines this concept as an exploration of otherness and isolation, as if the act of segregation is in fact a mutually destructive submission. It’s when the ten bodies on stage act as one indivisible meta-organism, a mass of individuals with a symbiotic purpose, that they can overcome these boundaries”

Time Out Sydney - 4 stars


Choreography & Direction:
Dana Gingras

Visual concept & Scenography:
United Visual Artists

Live Music:
Fly Pan Am

Executive producer:
Centre de Création O Vertigo
In Coproduction with Animals of Distinction

Dancers:
Robert Abubo, Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati, Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Mark Medrano, Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Lexi Vajda.

Field recordings:
Dave Bryant

Dramaturgy:
Ruth Little

Rehearsal director & Assistant to the choreographer:
Sarah Williams

 

Stage Management:
Mylène Caya

Technical Director:
Jean-François Piché

Sound Technician:
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh

Producer & Agent:
Sarah Rogers

Creation residencies:
Centre de Création O Vertigo, Place des Arts

Developed with support from the NAC’s National Creation Fund. Co produced by Danse Danse (Montreal), Sydney Festival, CTM Festival (Berlin) & PuSh International Arts Festival (Vancouver).

Dramaturgy:
Ruth Little

Rehearsal director:
Sarah Williams

Producer & Agent:
Sarah Rogers

Creation residencies:
Centre de Création O Vertigo, Place des Arts

Developed with support from the NAC’s National Creation Fund.
Développé avec le soutien du Fonds national de création du Centre national des Arts.

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Dana Gingras light test – Morillo Photography (314 of 344)(1)2

Dancers: Justin De Luna & Esther Rousseau-Morin. Photo: Adrian Morillo

Dana Gingras light test – Morillo Photography (314 of 344)(1)

Dancers: Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Esther Rousseau-Morin. Photo: Adrian Morillo 

Dana Gingras light test – Morillo Photography (304 of 344) 2(1)

Dancers: Esther Rousseau-Morin, Sovann Rochon Prom Tep. Photo: Adrian Morillo 

Dana Gingras light test – Morillo Photography (151 of 344)(1)

Dancers: Justin De Luna, Mark Medrano. Photos: Adrian Morillo

Video: Sonya Stefan

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