Drift (Dérive)
Performance for dancers, musicians and projections
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16 December 2023 @ Expression - Centre d'exposition de Ste-Hyacinthe

Inspired by social dynamics and the arbitrariness of rules, Bettina Hoffmann created a performance in collaboration with 5 contemporary dancers and 2 musicians specifically for the large gallery space of Expression. The dancers’ movements are influenced and altered by obstacles and constraints, sometimes they have to carry out tasks that are impossible to perform or complete. The results are unusual, ambiguous movements that mirror situations of conflict. The interactions transform continuously, morphing from gentle to hostile encounters, oscillating between intimacy and distance. Movement acceleration, slow down and stand still alter the experience of time. The musicians react to the play’s tensions and relaxations through improvisation, a conversation in space and time between viola and cello. The piece becomes an immersive environment that mirrors social scenes with lightness and spontaneity and the freedom that is gained through the conversations between the disciplines.

Dancers: Misheel Ganbold, Leah Hamel, Jessica Muszynski, Mélanie Lebrun, Magali Stoll Musicians: Leah Hamel, violoncelle/cello, Jean René, viola/alto
Photos: Audrey Boivin

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