An unusual invitation: quit the urban jungle for an immersive experience in an invented forest. Dancers and visitors alike connected to each other for a brief, enchanted moment.
The invitation is unusual: quit the urban jungle for an immersive experience in an invented forest. Time is suspended. Artists and visitors alike are connected to the heart of a machine that intensifies the possibilities of the body for a brief, enchanted moment.
64 pieces of bamboo suspended by cords from a copper disc pierced with holes. A living sculpture that determines the contours of new territory to share. Invited to plunge into this conjured forest, the audience reflects, responds and wanders round this highly sensitive machine. Textures and sounds from this bit of nature restored then act on the senses, unfolding in tune to the movements of the participants. A Canadian choreographer born and raised in Malaysia, Lee Su-Feh is accompanied by thoughtful artists for this interactive reflection on place and belonging.* A playful yet also meditative experience, the sculpture is both robust and fragile, like the human body itself.
Produced by battery opera performance
Concept and direction Lee Su-Feh
Space design Jesse Garlick
Development and construction Justine Chambers + Jesse Garlick + Lee Su-Feh
Guest artists Justine A. Chambers + Natalie Tin Yin + Adam Kinner + Zab Maboungou + Alessandro Sciarroni + Brian Solomon + Peter Trosztmer
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
Presented in association with Agora de la danse
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 1, 2017
Lee Su-Feh (Vancouver)
battery opera performance
The choreographer, dancer and teacher Lee Su-Feh has been exploring the human body for the past three decades, viewing it as a land rich in stories and rituals.
Born in Malaysia, she lived in Indonesia, Paris and London before settling in Vancouver in 1988. Trained in contemporary dance and in Chinese martial arts, she has developed a somatic approach to dance greatly influenced by her study of qi gong and Taoism. Her piece Gecko Eats Fly received the « Jeune Auteur » award at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-St-Denis in 1998.
She has collaborated with the directors Marc Diamond, Donna Spencer, Steven Hill and with choreographers David McIntosh and Benoît Lachambre, with whom she explored the energy of the body and its spatial trajectory in Body-Scan (FTA, 2009). Her solo The Whole Beast won a BOH Cameronian Arts Award of Malaysia in 2012, and she also received an Isadora Award and a Lola Award for her contribution to contemporary dance in Vancouver.
Founded in Vancouver in 1995 by Lee Su-Feh and the multidisciplinary artist David McIntosh, the battery opera performance presents multidisciplinary projects that question the body and its habits and memories.
A mélange of dance, theatre, happenings and performance art, their shows leave lots of room for the unexpected. Audience participation is encouraged, and the dances often take place in unusual venues; Lives Were Around Me (2009) in the streets of Vancouver, M/Hotel (2011) in hotel rooms. The company tested an early version of the Dance Machine at the 2014 Dancing on the Edge festival in Vancouver.