June 7, 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.
Duration: 1 h 30
June 8: Meet the artists after the performance
Regular Price: 28$
25 and under, 65 and over: 21$
For multidisciplinary artist Tammy Forsythe, art has the power to change the world. Committed to dancing every day, she translates the political landscape of our times into movement, voice, drawing, bookbinding, music and video. The bloody violence of the struggle for democracy, the bankruptcy of the market economy, the rise of private militias and the hypocrisy of government are all themes for Forsythe. Compelled to move while reflecting on these urgent matters, she engages in a counter-dance of ultimate resistance. Golpe is a shot, as in gunshot, putsch, coup dâÃ©tat. The second part of a trilogy that began with The Backtrack, this new work is highly physical, theatrical and politically committed. The movement is athletic and absurdist, echoing the physical movements of the cult of militarism. Inspiration comes from the resistance of the peoples of Honduras, Venezuela and Palestine. Forsythe adds vocals, percussion, live music and an onslaught of original sound to shake off the stuporous routine of comfort and indifference.
Tammy Forsythe grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and studied dance at Concordia University in Montreal. She rose to prominence as a choreographer in the early â90s with Dobermanâs Moment and Snakes Afraid. In 1996 she founded TusketDance, a company focussed on dance and video art. Invited to the Festival international de nouvelle danse in 2003, she presented The Backtrack, which was awarded the third Prix du public. As for visual arts, she is pursuing a number of video projects, and her quest for authenticity and the spiritual can be seen in her installations and works that play with naivetÃ© and primitivism. In 2006 she presented the movement installation The Deergirl Diaries: Adventures in Combat and Passion at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, her first solo exhibit. Recent works include Red Lion, a meditation on mortality, and the solo piece How to Become a Stuntwoman. Forsythe created the choreography for the R. Murray Schafer opera Patria 10 in 2002. Last year she was the recipient of the Lynch-Staunton Award, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts to outstanding mid-career artists.
âForsytheâs aesthetic is wonderfully uncomprising and bewildering.â
Susi Lovell, The Gazette
âBUOY is a strange and resonnant work. Forsythe pursues an idea with obsessive attention to itâs every onstage manifestation, creating a Small world.â
Roslyn Sulcas, Dance critic, New York Times, 1996
Produced by Tusketdance
Artists: Jon Asencio + Tammy Forsythe + Terence Mcgee + Gelymar Sanchez + SiÃ´ned Watkins
Music: 3Kore + guest artists
Coproduction Festival TransAmÃ©riques + Agora de la danse
Presented in Association with Agora de la danse