Dancemakers: It’s About Time

Dancemakers, Toronto’s trouble makers, come to Montreal with their latest creation, It’s about time: 60 dances in 60 minutes. By working on the way we perceive time, on the way it works and influences us, on what happens when it contracts, expands or stays the same, choreographer Michael Trent tells us of his uneasiness before all that is absolute. During the piece, several unbridled sequences follow each other, similar, but never the same. Simple and crazy actions are repeated. Movement and time change, creating time-lags, absurd moments, and finally, laughter before the seriousness and efforts of the dancers. Oscillating between the absolute precision of a stopwatch and individual perception, between acting and performance, Michael Trent and his 5 dancers focus, with humour, on the paradoxes of time. This invigorating performance is a genuine feat, a dive into audacity!

Founded in 1974, Dancemakers proposes a unique and resolutely Canadian approach to contemporary dance. Three decades later, the company remains at the peak of its art in Canada, its reputation spreading to America and Europe. In August 2006, dancer Michael Trent became Artistic director and resident choreographer at Dancemakers. Under his direction, each project must respond to one or more of the following 3 attributes: contemporary aesthetic, interdisciplinary exchanges and willingness to collaborate. Dancemakers has received 3 Dova Mavor Moore Prizes and 3 Lieutenant Governor Prizes.

We believe that: Thinking about the world, what we do in it and how we con­tribute to it, define us as human beings. (Dancemakers)

Information and reservations: November 11 and 12 at 8pm; November 13 at 4pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for seniors, $14 for students, dance professionals and people under 30) Information and reservations: Studio de l’Agora de la danse ticket counter (840, Cherrier street, Sherbrooke metro) 514 525-1500, Admission Network 514 790-1245.

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2 Responses to Dancemakers: It’s About Time

  1. Vanessa says:

    I love hearing about dance projects, whereever they are. This looks and sounds amazingly exciting and I like the ideas behind it. On the BBC the other day, I heard about an artist who creates conceptual art in real time, focusing on how we use it. In the early hours of the morning for example, you can see clips from old movies of people dreaming. I’m hoping to catch it in the UK at the end of the month.

  2. Kat says:

    Thanks! And thanks for reading! You’ll have to post something about the British artist once you get to see the performance!

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