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ROAD TRIP

SUSIE BURPEE, LINNEA SWAN

Contemporary dance and clowning join together in a tragicomic duet on the complexity of relations between women. Deliciously extravagant.

Details

Double Take
Two women rooted to the spot in the midst of the action, caught in the spotlight like rabbits at night surprised by a car’s headlamps. The first image of road Trip (je ne regrette rien) suggests that something awful has just happened, and the mounting excitement of the subtly deconstructed story amplifies that feeling, without ever clarifying it. What really comes across is the visceral bond between the characters, a link ravaged by ambivalence and unresolved feminine rivalry. This portrayal of the complexity of human nature is recounted with complete physical commitment to the roller­coaster movement of a tragicomic faceoff.

Created by Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan, two young Toronto artists, this short piece bears an assertive signature in a melding of contemporary dance and clowning. Burlesque and dramatic tension combine in an ambience reminiscent of David Lynch and Monty Python. Deliciously extravagant.

Credits

PRODUCED BY SUSIE BURPEE + LINNEA SWAN

CREATED AND PERFORMED BYSUSIE BURPEE AND LINNEA SWAN ARTISTIC ADVISOR MARIE-JOSÉE CHARTIER MUSICRACHEL’S

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONUMENT-NATIONAL

PREMIERED AT CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, JUNE 2010

 

SUSIE BURPEE (TORONTO)

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Trained in modern and contemporary dance in her hometown of Winnipeg, and later in New York, Susie Burpee also studied Bouffon in Paris.

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LINNEA SWAN (TORONTO)

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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Linnea Swan pursued her professional training in Winnipeg, where she first met Susie Burpee.

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