entre chien et loup [literally, “between dog and wolf”] is a French expression used to describe a time of day when the light is so dim one can’t distinguish a dog from a wolf. Twilight, dawn, dusk. The gloaming. In the time between the dog and the wolf, we might feel deceived by our eyes, caught somewhere between comfort and fear, between what is real and unreal.
Award-wining dance artist James Gnam embodies multiple layers of this expression to expose his process of making a solo during a pandemic. The work develops through cosplay and child-like inquisitiveness, reaching into the thresholds of the familiar and unfamiliar, of safety and threat, of human nature turning wild and uneasiness replacing certainty. Live camera feeds and restricted space are used to travel counterpointed movement scores and physical states, accompanied by James Proudfoot’s responsive lighting design, Loscil’s electronic sound and Eric Chad’s generative projections, that obscure and reveal the domesticated beast within the feral animal.
Presented as part of plastic orchid factory’s adaptives series, with the support from The City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Province of BC, Lena Artist Residency, Lake Studios Berlin, Mile Zero Dance, ReLoCate, Sawdust Collector and productions 2PAR4.