no place //// premiere 2021
Choreography by Amanda Acorn
Collaborators: Robert Abubo, Justine Chambers, Paul Chambers, Lori Duncan, Sarah Doucet, Benjamin Landsberg, Bee Pallomina, Matt Smith, Ann Trépanier, Lauren Alexandra Wilson.
no place considers the notion of Utopia as social process and performance. The research explores empathy, chasing somatic knowledge and creating a feminist paradigm for feeling. Deepening the improvisational scores developed with Acorn’s group works multiform(s) and Leisure Palace, she approaches the body as an empathetic and malleable system as the starting place to explore modes of being together. no place assembles collaborators from across Canada working in dance, experimental music and installation art to design a vibrant container for expanded and ecstatic sensation. Beginning in stark minimalism, in dialogue with the elements and elemental body and building to a psychedelic, pulsing swirl of ecstatic movement, sound, color and light. no place is a warm illumination on the horizon, proposing Utopia as a state of being rather than a place to go.