très loin is a visual and kinesthetic installation created in collaborative partnership with choreographer Sylvie Bouchard, visual artist Ed Pien, composer Phil Strong, dramaturg Anne-Marie Donovan, lighting designer André du Toit and four performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Natasha Poon Woo, Michael Caldwell and Pulga Muchochoma.
très loin marries dance, visual art and sound to explore childhood trauma, dissociation, roads to recovery and the search for resilience. The piece looks closely at how our mind and body deal with the consequences of trauma, but most importantly, it portrays the incredible strength, courage and perseverance needed to surmount these experiences and to reintegrate parts of ourselves that get lost, or split off, when traumatic experiences take place.
très loin is inviting the audiences into a unique and sensory-filled art installation, an ethereal landscape where four divided parts are striving, with all their might, to become whole again.
Choreography: Sylvie Bouchard
Visual Installation: Ed Pien
Music and Sound Design: Phil Strong
Dramaturg: Anne-Marie Donovan
Lighting Design: André du Toit
Costume Design: Cheryl Lalonde
Poetry: Katia Grubisic
Performers: Michael Caldwell, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Pulga Muchochoma and Natasha Poon Woo
Stand-in Performer: Benjamin Landsberg
Original Performers: Michael Caldwell, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson and Meredith Thompson
Stage Manager: Jeff Soucy
A very special thank you to K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation, Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, and the SOCAN Foundation for their support towards the development of très loin.
photo by Dahlia Katz