multiform(s) (2015)

60 minutes

Choreography by Amanda Acorn

Created with and performed by Jonathan Adjemian, Meryem Alaoui, Ellen Furey, Jolyane Langlois, Germaine Liu, Ann Trépanier and Kathia Wittenborn

Sound performed live by Jonathan Adjemian/Hoover Party and Germaine Liu

Lighting design by Paul Chambers

Costume design by Sarah Doucet

Supported by Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation

Presentation history:

2015 – Summerworks Performance Festival, Toronto

2016 – Festival TransAmériques, Montreal

2017 – Workers Arts Heritage Centre, Hamilton

2018 – Music Gallery, Toronto

 Five pulsating, swaying, undulating bodies. Bewitching music that electrifies the dancers. Explosive device or sensory turmoil, multiform(s) dips into the indomitable life force, the inexhaustible energy of movements repeated ad infinitum. The Toronto artist Amanda Acorn captivates with raw poetry and a magnetic, extraordinary universe, confirming her status as a rising figure on the contemporary dance scene.

What do we see — a single heart beating, a giant mechanism, an oceanic dream? A veritable immersion for the spectators overlooking and surrounding an arena, multiform(s) hypnotizes. A vibrant, moving tableau inspired by the vivid pigments of Mark Rothko’s paintings, the performance transports the audience to an altered state as it fascinates and casts a spell. Beyond time, beyond reality, Acorn manages by means of a subtle, complex dialogue of bodies to create a moment of rare beauty. A journey of the senses, the pure pleasure of abstraction. –FTA archive

“This hypnotic, often beautiful piece features (…) coherence in the language and momentum of the steps – this is Acorn displaying confidence and vision as a choreographer. And the music is strange and delightful.” -Martha Schabbas, The Globe and Mail

multiform(s) trailer

Photo credits: Yuula Benivolski