You Touch Me weaves an intricate web of duets within an ensemble of people who grew up far from here – and far from each other. Using dance and text, their encounters investigate notions of ‘self’ and ‘other’, cultural identity, race and gender. Seven virtuosic performers dance, entertain, question and challenge each other, touching on universal themes from togetherness, ageing and love, to climate change and migration. Moving between the political and the poetic, the provocative and the abstract, seriousness and silliness, the work attempts to feel and reveal this moment in time.
Post-show artist talkback December 9.
The Global Dance Connections 2022-2023 series features exciting contemporary dance works by artists from Canada and around the world.
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Choreographers/performers – Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson
Performers – Isabelle Kirouac, Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Luciana Freire D’Anunciação, Diego Romero, Juolin Lee
Rehearsal director – Kate Franklin
Dramaturg/outside eye – Raina von Waldenburg
Sound designer/editor/music consultant – Alex Mah
Costume Designer – Alaia Hamer
Lighting Designer – Kyla Gardiner
Photos by Riz Herbosa