s p e c i e s
Choreography & Performance: Kelly Keenan & Kira Kirsch
Music: Philippe Lauzier
Presented at The Garage (San Francisco), OFFTA, Dance Matters (Toronto), Int’l Buehnwerkstatt (Graz)
s p e c i e s is a moving body exposition that makes a scientific, sensual and social attempt to perplex our experience and understanding of the living body. Subtle, supple and sublime, the spine is a binding common among all vertebrate species. With illogical precision two living bodies resistant to one identity saturated in space and elongated in time construct, deconstruct, and re-construct into unrecognizable forms, impressions and sensations. Unifying and distinguishing characteristics surface and relinquish to meditate on.
Created in residence at:
The Nomadic College, Czech Republic 2009; Finland 2010
The Garage, San Francisco, 2010
Studio 303, Montreal, 2010.
s p e c i e s was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts
Keenan and Kirsch have been associates since 2003 via their involvement with the practice, teaching and contribution to the Axis Syllabus- a movement training system. Interest to collaborate arose from a shared intrigue in the meticulous body, incremental details of movement and its creative worth.
Philippe Lauzier is a montreal musician (alto saxophone, bass clarinet) improviser & composer. His music is reputed for non-conventional instrumental preparation & techniques. Lauzier has toured Europe with Pierre-Yves Martel (Sainct Laurens) &with choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde. He plays with Quartetski (musique d’Érik Satie), Martin Tétreault, Kim Myhr, Klaxon Gueule, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Antoine Berthiaume & Supermusique.