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Frontera

Avant-garde choreographer Dana Gingras and her dancers push against a world of walls and borders.

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Frontera

Date: 2 Dec 2019

In an era of rising nationalism and mass surveillance, the human body is subject to increasingly invasive forms of oversight and processing.

As walls go up and borders harden, as public and as private space is being consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, Canadian avant-garde choreographer Dana Gingras and her dancers ask: what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?

In an audio-synchronised field of light and projection created by United Visual Artists (UVA) and with live music by Canadian post-rockers Fly Pan Am and field recordings by Dave Bryant (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), the nine dancers of Frontera navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

Frontera is the latest in a series of socially engaged, cutting edge, large-scale works created by Gingras and her company Animals of Distinction, all shaped by shifts in technological possibility and inspired by the belief that the body, “can be employed to explore a vision of he world that is larger than our individual, isolated experiences.”

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