Dancing On The Edge
‘Overlapped mattresses slashed, ripped open by a knife, mutilated. A mishmash of resurrected objects, a breath of life in death. A no man’s land of destruction where Peter James and Jassem Hindi form a duo of wandering vagabonds, survivors killing time and boredom, spewing out and sublimating their pain and suffering.’
So begins Lara Kramer’s description of Windigo, the piece that her Montreal-based dance company Lara Kramer Danse will be performing at Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge Festival.
Canadian choreographer Kramer, who is of Cree and Ojibwe heritage, was inspired to create the piece after a visit to the home of her grandmother in Ontario’s Lac Seul Reserve. It’s a contemporary ceremonial, Kramer explains. ‘The piece plays with strong symbols, powerful metamorphoses and intense emotion, sowing the seeds of hope in the midst of overwhelming devastation.’
Kramer founded her dance company in 2012 – an opportunity to tour her choreographies and explore ‘political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples.’ Here she is talking about one of her creations – Tame – in a 2015 studio visit with Tangent-Danse.
Along with the choreography, Kramer designed the set, sound and costumes for Windigo. Performers Peter James and Jassem Hindi also played a role in the creation of Windigo, which premiered in May of this year at Festival TransAmériques.
Kramer Danse will be bringing this work to the Firehall Arts Centre on July 6th and 8th at this the 30th Anniversary of Dancing on the Edge.
This Festival of contemporary dance – which runs from July 5th to 14th and was founded by Donna Spencer – will also feature work from more than 30 choreographers and artists from Canada, Belgium and South Korea.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Photos by Stefan Petersen.
Lara Kramer Performers: Peter James + Jassem Hindi