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Windigo

Lara Kramer (Oji-cree, Canada)
10–12 May $15–28 75 minutes

Montreal-based dance company Lara Kramer Danse presents the fierce and visceral Windigo. Returning to her grandmother’s home in the Lac Seul Reserve in northwestern Ontario as part of Treaty 3, Lara Kramer confronts a latent war lurking under the surface. A northern epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad, Windigo exorcises the demons and undercurrents of the violence perpetrated against First Nation peoples on Turtle Island.

Overlapped mattresses slashed, ripped open by a knife, mutilated. A mishmash of resurrected objects, a breath of life in death. A no man’s land of destruction where Peter James and Jassem Hindi form a duo of wandering vagabonds, survivors killing time and boredom, spewing out and sublimating their pain and suffering. A contemporary ceremonial, the piece plays with strong symbols, powerful metamorphoses and intense emotion, sowing the seeds of hope in the midst of overwhelming devastation.

Lara Kramer Danse (LKD) is a Montreal-based dance company supporting the research, creation, production and touring of Lara Kramer’s choreographies. Lara is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage whose works feature strong visuals and narratives exploring the strength and fragility of the human spirit.

Credits

  • Choreography, Set, Sound and Costume Design: Lara Kramer
  • Performers/Collaborators: Jassem Hindi and Peter James
  • Sound Editing: Lara Kramer and Marc Meriläinen
  • Lighting Design: Paul Chambers
  • Technical Director: Jon Cleveland
  • Outside Eyes: Ida Baptiste, Stefan Petersen and Jacob Wren
  • Production: Lara Kramer Danse

Additional Info

Windigo has been coproduced by Festival TransAmériques, CanDance Creation Fund, National Arts Center (Ottawa), Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montréal), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver) and Usine C (Montreal). With the support of The Cole Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des letter du Quebec and technical residencies with Usine C and Centre de Création O Vertigo. Presented in association with MAI, Espace Libre. Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 31, 2018.

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