All the Hope in the World
As the sun sets over the Esplanade Tranquille, eleven magnificent dancers and a dozen outstanding musicians interact with nebulas of light. A monumental work of stark virtuosity, Creation Destruction combines a call to environmental action with a profound metaphysical experience. An explosion of sensations in the very heart of the city, it will make you feel in every fibre of your being that we are just as capable of creation as we are of destruction.
To compose the music, choreographer Dana Gingras called on four members of legendary Montreal band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who are joined by an ensemble of musicians. The dancing pixels of the captivating, shape-shifting video installation were produced by UK collective United Visual Artists. In this time of unbridled capitalism and climate emergency, Creation Destruction stimulates our collective intelligence through a sensory overflow, reminding us that creativity is always a source of hope.
Guest artist Lara Kramer will perform an Offering Invitation before the show.
Produced by Animals of Distinction
Choreographed and directed by Dana Gingras
Visual concept and Scenography United Visual Artists
Music composed by Thierry Amar + Timothy Herzog + Efrim Manuel Menuck + Sophie Trudeau – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Created with and performed by Robert Abubo + Amara Barner + Charles Brecard + Jaleesa Coligny + Léna Demnati + Stacey Désilier + Roxanne Dupuis + Jimmy Gonzalez + Caroline Gravel + Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep + Lexi Vajda
Additional music for strings and voices Craig Pedersen
Music Direction Guido del Fabro
Music performed by Timothy Herzog + Efrim Manuel Menuck + Sophie Trudeau + Joseph Yarmush + David Cronkite + Eugénie Jobin Tremblay + Vincent Kim + Frédérique Roy + Jérémie Cloutier + Yubin Kim + JC Lizotte + Jean René + Lana Tomlin
Rehearsal Director and Assistant to the Choreographer Sarah Williams
Dramaturgy Kathy Casey + Ruth Little
Lighting Design Mikko Hynninen
Costume Design Rémi van Bochove
Sound Radwan Ghazi Moumneh
Video Manager Jon Skerritt
Lighting Manager JF Piché
Producer and Agent Sarah Rogers
Production Manager Brenda Recinos Ramirez
Stage Manager and Production Assistant Kunal Ranchod
Developed with support of National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter program + The Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers
Creative residencies Place des Arts + Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal + Conseil des Arts de Montréal + Agora de la Danse + Stable + Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Presented by Hydro-Québec with the support of Quartier des spectacles Partnership
Premiered at Luminato, Toronto, on June 15, 2022
Thank you Justin Evans + Beryl and Lionel Gingras + Suzanne Hawkes + Marie Brassard + Karine Denault + Rory Seydel + Yannick Grandmont + Pascal Huot + Sonya Stefan + Tegan Lance + Pat Belisle + Dave Bourdage + Annie-Kim Déry + Suzanne Laverdière + Francine Bernier + Cathy Levy + Clothilde Cardinal + Pierre Desmarais + Caroline Orht + Josephine Ridge + Naomi Campbell + Caren Campbell
A special thank you to Amber Barton + Béatrice Larrivée + Simon Portigal + Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep + Esther Rousseau-Morin + Louise Michel Jackson + Victor Dumont + Justin de Luna + Mark Medrano and Charlie Tremblay-Abubo who were an integral part of the creation process.
Written by Nayla Naoufal
Translated by David Dalgleish
About the artist
Dana Gingras (Montreal) Animals of Distinction
The term “choreographer” can seem somewhat reductive when talking about Dana Gingras, head of the Montreal multimedia dance company Animals of Distinction. Situated at the intersection of different languages and artistic collaborations, her shape-shifting work unlocks the boundless possibilities of the human body and new technology.
Following her childhood in Argentina, Gingras spent her adolescence in Scotland during the 1980s. The flourishing local musical scene of that era made a strong impression on the choreographer, and it continues to feature in her work today. In 1992, Gingras co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo with choreographer Noam Gagnon. Notable for pushing physicality to the extremes, this award-winning dance company is one of the smaller Canadian dance ensembles that has toured the most internationally.
In 2006, Gingras founded Animals of Distinction in Montreal with aim of pursuing the dialogue between corporeality and new media in greater depth. Her notable works include Smash Up, which combined abstract projections and human movement (FTA, 2008) and Heart as Arena (FTA, 2012), in which five dancers grapple with radio waves. In 2016, Animals of Distinction reproduced The Holy Body Tattoo’s latest work, monumental, with Montreal band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. A major international tour brought the piece to the Edinburgh International Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s NEXT WAVE Festival, and London’s Barbican Centre, among others.
In 2019, for her ambitious new piece Frontera, Gingras was supported by musicians again, working with the band Fly Pan Am and London collective United Visual Artists, whose practice combines new technology with more traditional media such as sculpture and installation. The choreographer has joined forces with the media arts collective again for Creation Destruction. This has also given her a second opportunity to collaborate with four members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which is known for its long instrumental pieces and radical politics.
“Dana Gingras has created a mammoth, existential work; a utopian dystopia for the digital age. It’s totally abstract, and entirely driven by moment-to-moment sensory effects. I can’t believe it exists. […] The performance relies heavily on technology to create its thrilling effects, so we fall in love with it even though it is the source of all this destruction.”
Liam Donovan, Lights Up Toronto, 2022-06-16