Noam Gagnon | Vision Impure


The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series

Noam Gagnon | Vision Impure
This Crazy Show
Theatrical and entertaining new work explores shifting identities
Thursday-Saturday October 20-22, 2016 at 8pm
Post-show talkback October 21
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $32/$24 students and seniors from Tickets Tonight: 604.684.2787  Info

Shifting identities and the quest for love and acceptance inspire This Crazy Show, a provocative new work from Noam Gagnon, Artistic Director of Vision Impure. Eccentric, entertaining and wildly theatrical, This Crazy Show explores of how our bodies and sense of self can continuously morph and evolve, through a vivid blend of dance, music, text, film and design. Gagnon’s own performance is a tour de force of irresistible charm and physical power, taking the audience on a breathless and fantastical ride.

Gagnon is joined on stage by an accordion player and a mysterious figure inspired by the legendary performance artist and designer Leigh Bowery. “I wanted to make a work about transformation – to create a landscape where bodies, identity, gender are all shifting,” says Gagnon, “and to capture that childhood conviction that anything is possible, even magic and superheroes.” The show’s dazzling stage and sound design includes a long platinum blonde wig, a cluster of disco balls, and clips from cult ‘70s TV show The Bionic Woman.  The creative team includes circus/mime/theatre director Danielle Lecourtois, dramaturge James Fagan Tait, and composer James Coomber. This Crazy Show premiered in May 2016 in Ottawa.

Noam Gagnon is the Artistic Director of Vision Impure. He is an acclaimed choreographer and dance artist, who over the course of his career has helped push Canadian dance into the forefront of international stages. For 16 years Noam was Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Holy Body Tattoo, creating work that received critical and audience acclaim around the world. He founded Vision Impure in 2006 as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo, and continues to reshape the dance landscape with his achingly intimate and powerful works. For Vision Impure, Noam has created, choreographed and performed several full-length works, including  Thank You, You’re Not Welcome and The Vision Impure (winner of The Isadora Award for Excellence in Performance), and has toured extensively throughout Canada. Noam is regularly commissioned by dance artists and companies to create works, and has collaborated with such celebrated artists as Nigel Charnock, Daniel Léveillé, The Tiger Lillies, Steven Gilmore and William Morrison. Noam is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

Choreographer and performer: Noam Gagnon
Artistic Advisor and rehearsal director: Danielle Lecourtois
Dramaturge: James Fagan Tait
Composer: James Coomber
Lighting designer: Stéphane Ménigot
Set designer: Bryan Kenney
Costume designer: Marina Szijarto

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2016-2017

October 20-22 Noam Gagnon | Vision Impure
January 18-20 Jan Martens
February 2-4 Alessandro Sciarroni
February 16-18 Tara Cheyenne Performance + Silvia Gribaudi
March 1-4 Kinesis Dance somatheatro
April 6-8 Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
April 20-22 Lesley Telford
May 25-27 Wen Wei Dance

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