In this performance Francesca dances continuously for one hour. Three separate screens show three different performances of the piece, each shot in a single take. The viewer has the option to cycle through the three videos, to watch them simultaneously, or to experiment with different combinations of playback. And does it edge closer? is a celebration of movement, of being with what arises in the unfolding present, and of the joy, frustration, bewilderment, and, ultimately, satisfaction, of deciding to continue on.
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Francesca Frewer, creator/performer:
Francesca Frewer is a contemporary dance artist, grateful to live as a guest on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueum, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh first nations. Her artistic interests currently centre around seeing dance and the dancing body as processes of perpetual, multiplicitous becoming, and this informs the work she creates as well as her performance and teaching practices.
Francesca’s work has been presented by The Dance Centre, New Works, PushOFF, the rEvolver theatre festival, the Festival of Recorded Movement, and PAUL Studios Berlin. As a performer she has worked with Daina Ashbee, Company 605, Emmalena Fredriksson, Company Saint Genet, Future Leisure, and Evann Siebens, among others. Together with collaborators Erika Mitsuhashi and Antonio Somera, she is working towards co-producing the third iteration of the interdisciplinary arts showcase, Here For Now.
Daniel O’Shea, film:
Daniel O’Shea makes theatre, designs projections, and creates films, using technology and design as a keystone to support narrative and deepen dramaturgy. In his own works PKD Workshow (2013) and Are we not drawn onward to new era (2018), Daniel employs a low-fi DYI aesthetic, making circuits by weaving wires and exposing the guts of the machinery as a metaphorical parallel to the convoluting ideas of existential discourses. Currently his work focuses on states of presence, unbalancing audienceship and novel constructions of light through design and new media. In the last few years, Daniel’s artistic research has explored the ephemeral nature of a ‘self’, interruptions of technology on human processes, and the resulting cognitive dissonance.
Presented by Performance Studies international (PSi), Festival Of Recorded Movement, and Shooting Gallery and elsewhere, Daniel’s work has been seen in Canada and internationally and is a founding member of A Wake Of Vultures. Daniel is engaged with Vancouver’s thriving contemporary performance scene and recently completed a three screen feature length experimental documentary, shot in Hong Kong in 2017 called If I Was To Retain You.