très loin is a visual and kinetic installation created in collaborative partnership with choreographer Sylvie Bouchard, visual artist Ed Pien, composer Phil Strong with music consultant Laurel MacDonald, dramaturg Anne-Marie Donovan, lighting designer André du Toit, costume designer Cheryl Lalonde and four performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe 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
Composer: Phil Strong
Music Consultant: Laurel MacDonald
Dramaturg: Anne-Marie Donovan
Lighting Design: André du Toit
Costume Design: Cheryl Lalonde
Performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe and Pulga Muchochoma
Understudy: Michael Mortley
Original Performers: Michael Caldwell, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson, Benjamin Landsberg, Natasha Poon Woo, Lucy Rupert and Meredith Thompson
Technical Director: Remington North
Associate Technical Director: Geoffrey Armour
Stage Manager: Jeff Soucy
Assistant Stage Manager: Patrick Lynn
Production Manager: Markéta Toková
Assistant Production Manager: Melanie Hall
BoucharDanse would like to acknowledge and deeply thank Arts Orillia for the Dance & Design residency in January 2023, where important development of très loin took place.
A very special thank you to K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation, Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, the SOCAN Foundation and the Théâtre français de Toronto for their support towards the development of très loin.
photos by Dahlia Katz