Friday, June 13th, 9:30 p.m.
Lara Kramer Danse (Montreal) | Native Girl Syndrome
Photo by Lara Kramer
Lara Kramer’s powerful new work Native Girl Syndrome (NGS) is inspired by her grandmother’s experience as a young woman migrating from a remote First Nations community into an urban mainstream culture. The effects of cultural disorientation, assimilation and self-destructive behaviour are brought to life through the raw theatrical performances of dancers Angie Cheng and Karina Iraola. Their movements embody addiction, abandonment and alienation, exploring these states within a choreographic score that blends potent symbolism with a tragic realism.
“In the work’s shattering opening scene, two characters are seen hovering over two baby carriages piled with garbage bags stuffed with odds and ends picked up on the streets. The women are shaky on their legs. Their motions seem slowed down, their bodies in a state of either dysfunction or disrepair. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine that they are inebriated, and possibly infected with AIDS or suffering from various other degradations to their bodies and their souls.” – Philip Szporer, The Dance Current
Performers: Karina Iraola, Angie Cheng
When: Friday, June 13th, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Arts Court Theatre, 2nd Floor, 2 Daly Ave
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 students, seniors and CADA Members
About Lara Kramer Danse:
Based in Montreal and founded in 2012, Lara Kramer Danse was realized to support the research, creation and production of Lara Kramer’s choreographies and as a platform for the Company’s educational and community projects. The Company has been invited to perform at festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver and is gaining recognition as an Aboriginal voice in Canada. Kramer’s works are carved with theatrically based vocabulary and rooted in her Indigenous heritage. Working with strong visuals and narrative, the work emphasizes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. For more information, click here.
Read a review on NGS by Pia Savoie | bachtrack.com
Native Girl Syndrome is a co-production of the Canada Dance Festival and created with the support of a creation residency at Studio Marie Chouinard.
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