Animals of Distinction – FRONTERA

  • Montreal
  • Animals of Distinction


    Dana Gingras
Length – 75 min. without intermission Venue – Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
4 December 2019 - 20 h 00
5 December 2019 - 20 h 00
6 December 2019 - 20 h 00
7 December 2019 - 20 h 00

Loud music, strobe effects and laser

Backed by musicians from Fly Pan Am and members of the UK-based collective United Visual Artists (UVA), choreographer Dana Gingras imagines FRONTERA, a new ambitious work that stretches the boundaries of the performing arts. A dazzling, subversive blast of energy!

After remounting monumental with the Holy Body Tattoo and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, choreographer Dana Gingras returns to the large-scale format with FRONTERA. A socially engaged artist, she investigates the notion of borders—political, economic and liminal—and operations of power by exploring their impact on the body. The musical score is by cult Montreal post-rock band Fly Pan Am, with scenography by United Visual Artists. With fearless physicality, the supercharged dancers perform daring, high-voltage moves. On stage, the lights, music and movement are inextricably linked, equal participants in the powerful singularity of the work. FRONTERA is a relentlessly coherent choreographic and theatrical experience that challenges and reinvents codes. A total work of art.

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  • Dana Gingras

    Photo © Gilles Berquet.

    Dana Gingras

    Dana Gingras is a choreographer, film-maker, performer and teacher. Her 25-year career using different mediums and artistic practices has established her has a game-changing, boundary-pushing artist.  

    In 1993, she co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo. The company changed the landscape of Canadian dance, earning numerous awards and honours for its stage and film work.  

    She went on to form Animals of Distinction (AoD) in 200...

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  • Animals of Distinction

    Animals of Distinction (AOD) is the multimedia dance company of renowned choreographer and dancer Dana Gingras. Through AOD, Gingras has fostered the creation of numerous cutting-edge works that have involved innovative collaborations across diverse mediums and artistic practices, all shaped by the possibilities of new technologies and cultural shifts.

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World première 20 novembre 2019, Grand Théâtre de Québec.

Choreography and direction Dana Gingras.

Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.

Coproduced by Animals of Distinction.

Created and performed by Robert Abubo, Léna Demnati, Stacey Désilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise Michel Jackson, Justin de Luna, Mark Medrano, Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep, Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep, Lexi Vajda.

A special thank you to the dancers who were an integral part of the creation process Ellen Furey, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Paige Culley.

Visual concept and set design United Visual Artists.

Live music Fly Pan Am.

Field recording Dave Bryant.

Dramaturgy Ruth Little.

Choreographer’s Assistant and Rehearsal Director Sarah Williams.

Costumes Sandra Richefort.

Producer and Agent Sarah Rogers.

Stage Manager Mylène Caya.

Touring Director Dominique Sarrazin.

Technical Director Jean-François Piché.

Sound Technician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Coproduction Danse Danse (Montréal), Sydney Festival, CTM Festival (Berlin) & PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver).

Creative residencies Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV, Place des Arts.


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