Unrelated (German premiere)
Sunday, May 14, 5 p.m. - TICKETS
Monday, May 15, 7 p.m. - TICKETS
Venue: Kammer 2
Running time: approximately 60 minutes
Admission price: € 16 / reduced admission price: € 10
Discussion with the artist on May 15
The subject is explosive and very topical: Daina Ashbee, one of the best young choreographers in Montreal and who has won several awards, examines in Unrelated a dark chapter in the recent history of her homeland. In the past decades more than 1,000 indigenous women and girls have disappeared. In 2016 the Canadian government started investigations. Daina Ashbee, who herself has Dutch and indigenous roots, knows the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion very well. In her work she broaches the issues of violence, lawlessness, self-esteem, and self-destruction. It also has to do with cultural impoverishment, with the loss of one's own language and rituals. In a mixture of contemporary and traditional dance she contrasts the terrible aspects of the history with an inner powerfulness, vulnerability, and sensitivity. In a disturbing and expressive piece two dancers embody how unknown physical strengths in the body can manifest themselves. This is a recurring theme, like a thread, in the work of this artist living in Montreal. She became known internationally following an invitation to Geneva, where she presented her work in 2015 at the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation at Musée d'ethnographie de Genève (MEG).
Artistic direction and choreography: Daina Ashbee
Production designer: Daina Ashbee
Dancers: Areli Moran, Paige Culley
Lighting designer: Timothy Rodrigues
Technical director: Pierre Lavoie
Administrator: Stéphanie Murphy, Diagramme – gestion culturelle
Production: Daina Ashbee, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts; the British-Columbia Arts Council; the First Peoples' Cultural Council; the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels); Circuit-Est; and Studio 303.
Supported by the Representation of the Government of Québec