'Frontera' (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of understanding in a particular area.
In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.
Borders are boundaries, but they're also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body and seeks to organize and orchestrate its passage through the world.
With a light-based scenography by United Visual Artists (UVA) which articulates the dialogue between choreography, architecture and live music by Fly Pan Am and field recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA's 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.
As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?
Executive producer: Centre de Création O Vertigo In Coproduction with Animals of Distinction
Choreographer: Dana Gingras Visual concept & Scenography: United Visual Artists Music: Fly Pan Am
Field recordings: Dave Bryant Dancers: Robert Abubo, Paige Culley, Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati,
Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise-Michel Jackson, Sovann Rochon Prom Tep, Esther Rousseau-
Morin, Mark Medrano, Koliane Rochon Prom Tep.
Dramaturgy: Ruth Little
Rehearsal director: Sarah Williams
Producer & Agent: Sarah Rogers
Creation residencies: Centre de Création O Vertigo, Place des Arts
Developed with support from the NAC’s National Creation Fund.
Team DW Projects :
Jean-Francois Piché: Assistant to Lighting Design - Lighting programmer - operator & Technical Director