O DEER !
Suffused with poetic sounds and images, this initiatory journey of a boy and a girl deep in the woods moves from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
In a dark night pulsating with distant memories of the dawn of time, two individuals cast off the rags of civilization and rediscover their animal essence. In the middle of the woods, they are reborn, at one with the earth. Breaking apart and coming together, they eventually become attuned to nature. Courageous prospectors searching for equilibrium, they peel back the veils of the ordinary as the forest shares its age-old memory with them, revealing its mysteries.
In o deer!, Montreal choreographer Chanti Wadge pays tribute to the power of nature and what it holds most precious. Moving from concrete reality to dreamlike imagery imbued with shamanist ritual, she stresses the importance for every living being of staying connected to the self, to others and to the environment, an idea that is conveyed quite naturally in this dance piece tinged with humour, poetic sounds and images, and acknowledgment of spirituality and ecology.
Connected to Life
Since her professional début in 1999, Chanti Wadge has placed the body in a poetic relationship with sound, lighting and set design in an approach that is both spiritual and conceptual. Props and costumes also enhance perspectives of the body: feathers, antlers and fur in o deer!; peacock feathers, masks and matches in just beings; and luminous dust in One Hundred Returnings. Seeking to express the essence of being, she lets form, pure dance and instinctive movement take shape in response to her questioning. In a perpetual quest for a dialogue with the forces surrounding us, she transforms the performance into a ritual connecting the individual to the larger whole.
PRODUCED BY CHANTI WADGE
CHOREOGRAPHY, ARTISTIC DIRECTION CHANTI WADGEPERFORMED BY DAVID RANCOURT + CHANTI WADGEREHEARSAL DIRECTION, ARTISTIC CONSULTANT KARINE DENAULT MUSIC, SOUND DESIGNALEXANDER MACSWEEN SET AND COSTUME DESIGN LINDA BRUNELLE LIGHTING DESIGN LEE ANHOLT
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADOTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
CHANTI WADGE (MONTRÉAL)
Chanti Wadge / A Wealth of Talent
Born in Seoul and raised in Vancouver, Chanti Wadge has been living in Montreal since 2002. Her initial movement background in soccer, rock climbing and classical dance expanded to include contact improvisation and butoh.
Choreographers such as Judith Marcuse, Wen Wei Wang, Susan Elliott, Isabelle Van Grimde, Andrew Harwood, Martin Bélanger, Emmanuel Jouthe, José Navas and Ginette Laurin have employed the talents of this exceptional performer. An intense and remarkable artist, she has combined choreography, text, drawings, photos and video in some fifteen works to date. o deer! is inspired by the meeting place of the world and the wilderness where she now lives.