Grounded in dynamic and intimate physicality, The Dietrich Group challenges people’s perceptions of the interplay of mediums in live performance, bringing ‘modern’ dance in Canada into the realm of contemporary art. Under the artistic directorship of visual artist/choreographer D.A. Hoskins The Dietrich Group facilitates interactive exchanges in art. The company’s goal is to create a hybrid of ‘sensory expressionism’ in the performing arts and ultimately to engage in a vital theatrical exchange.
Using the social perceptions of a simple word – fuck – and its transformation throughout recent history from a highly censored word to its present expressive acceptance, this conceptual dance work aspires to define a period in evolution that is of the immediate – the here and now – through a theatrical and exploratory landscape.
This new project has been conceived/choreographed by Dietrich Group Artistic Director D.A. Hoskins in 2012 and features performances from Danielle Baskerville, Tyler Gledhill, Valerie Calam, Luke Garwood, Sebastien Mena, Andrew Bathory, Paul Charbonneau, Linnea Swan, Mariana Medellin-Meinke, along with original sound composition from Gilles Goyette.
“To ‘fuck’ is humanity at its purest and its most base, at its highest form of intimacy and lowest. It is a word and an action that pides the generations, pides the sexes, pides the moral compass. At the same time, of course, it creates. This work will present a landscape of humankind and a spectrum of social experience through its explorations in interaction”, writes D.A. Hoskins
In an interview for the website xtra.ca, he stated: “When I get pissed with the business side of the art industry, I always seem to gravitate to pushing buttons. I remember tossing the title out as a joke for my next work one day. It was born in a moment of frustration, but the artists in a rehearsal were all in agreement about its potential. This collection of words immediately became my next challenge.”
“The Land of Fuck is filled with nuisances of Bjork’s Medulla album a la throat singing guttural intensity and certain scenes hit the gut with the panache of Matthew Barney. The landscape and orientation of several of the vignettes also reminded me of works by masters Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.” (dobbernationloves.com)
A key figure in the alternative scene in Toronto, the extravagant D.A. Hoskins unleashes conventional or totally unexpected images that could be associated with the word “fuck”. A joyous and demonic combination of dance, theatre, music and performance art for an informed audience.
D.A. Hoskins has a holy horror of constrictions. He is artistic director of The Dietrich Group but remains an independent choreographer and a critic of the conformism that, in his opinion, holds sway in contemporary dance training and performance. Finding in a mingling of disciplines an excellent means of not being confined to such strictures, he has long joined forces with all sorts of artists. Among them the composer and long-time colleague...Read more about D.A. Hoskins
Instigated to expand the expressive potential of dance by means of collaborative exchange and open dialogue, The Dietrich Group has established a core of perse artists since its inception in 2008. In its activities the platform draws from a broad range of artistic disciplines while maintaining a focus on the strength and power of dance in theatre. The Dietrich Group is interested in distinct realities – a defining road map that lives...Read more about The Dietrich Group
Concept, Direction and Choreography D.A. Hoskins. Artistic Associate Danielle Baskerville. Dancers Danielle Baskerville, Andrew Bathory, Valerie Calam, Paul Charbonneau, Tyler Gledhill, Robert Kingsbury, Mariana Medellin-Meinke, Fabien Piché, Linnea Swan. Original Music Gilles Goyette. Lighting Design Simon Rossiter. Stage Manager Laura Cournoyea. Set Consultant Alex Vass. Producer/Production Manager Oz Weaver.