May 10, 9:30pm + May 11, 8pm
Neither Here Nor There Festival
SFU Woodwards, Studio T
5-15$ sliding scale
Directed by Isabelle Kirouac
In collaboration with Leslie Castellano, Willi Willi, Eliot LeFiend (USA), Mutya Macatumpag, Hailey McCloskey and Emmalena Fredriksson (Canada)
Outside Eye: Daelik
Supervisor: Rob Kitsos
Ligthing designer/Production manager: Kyla Gardener
Original music: Willi Willi, Isabelle Kirouac & the Ensemble
Musical instrument design: Willi Willi
Music recordings: Arrington de Dionyso, Ooga Booga, The Shadows, Eels
You may be interrogated. You may provide sufficient answers. You may enter. Perhaps there will be no exits. I may be there too. I am not sure how long it will last.
“Borderlines” is not classifiable as one thing or another. It is arbitrary. It is almost dance, nearly participatory theater. It is somewhere between separating and binding together. It is the body of the imaginary migrant. It was born in the USA. It mutated in Canada. It is a border state. It is an encounter with the other. It is the boundary of the flesh. It is the contact of the skin. It is a social construction. It is me, it is you, it is them, it is us.
Crossing the lines between dance and participatory theater, “Borderlines” examines our relationships to borders as a space of hybridity.
“Borderlines” was born in Eureka, California, during Isabelle Kirouac’s participation in Incubate Winter Dance Intensive, where she conducted a series of laboratories in collaboration with local performers. An early version of the work was presented at Synapsis Performance & Art Space, before a few performers crossed the US/Canada border to pursue this research in Vancouver, and collaborate with a new group of local participants.
Isabelle Kirouac is a choreographer and interdisciplinary performance artist interested in the dialogue created by cultural exchange, art as political action and experimental geography. She has been teaching and presenting her artistic work at many festivals and venues in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She collaborated with international artists Lea Kieffer (France/Germany), Trinidad Martinez (Spain), Body Research (USA), Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater (USA), Theatre Junction (Calgary), Felix Ruckert (Germany) and many others.