By turns immersive and contemplative, Instant Community invites cell phones into the heart of the performance.
Staging live bodies and projected bodies, multiplying pictures, sounds and videos that the audience freely amplifies and documents, Instant Community offers a cunning reinvestment of our apps and of the eye of our cameras. With a simple magic and a low-tech wonderment, the performance questions the online representations of the self, the distortions that digital technologies impose on our experience of the world, on our relationship to the body and to each other.
Among these shared illusions, through the pleasure of trickery and artifice, surrounded by fake elements and landscapes, a strange comfort sets in. A spontaneous community takes shape…
“Our fingers swipe across our devices’ screens. We layer moving images and sounds into meta collages of the individuals in our instant community. We flip physics on its head. We laugh. We are drawn together in spite of our technology. We find a deep, quiet understanding between us; an individual solitude in the company of others.” Peter Quanz
Instant Community started as a Carte blanche from Montréal Danse to choreographer Peter Quanz. It developed into a communal creative process with the four performers and the artistic director of the company, resulting in a unique, non-reproducible experience, created and shared by the performers (Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin, Brice Noeser, Peter Trosztmer).
A production of Montréal Danse | A project initiated during Montréal Danse’s Choreographic Research Workshop
The participants will be invited to share their pictures, testimonies and videos on social networks using the hashtags #instantcommunity and #montrealdanse
Creation: Peter Quanz, with: Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin, Brice Noeser, Peter Trosztmer, Kathy Casey | Performers: Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin, Brice Noeser, Peter Trosztmer | Dramaturg: Kathy Casey | Lighting: Peter Quanz
Production: Montréal Danse | Booking: Art Circulation
Acknowledgement: Sonya Stefan ; Q Dance ; Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Photo Credits: Montréal Danse
TEST PERFORMANCES CIRCUIT-EST CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE (MONTRÉAL – MAY 2016) + ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET (WINNIPEG, JULY 2016) | PREMIERE JANUARY 2018 IN MONTREAL