Instant Community,A joyous communal experience, a low-tech collective creation.
What we create, feel, experience is deeply dependant on how those around us feel, react and interact. Instant Community heightens the potential of this interdependency: it harnesses our affinities while exploring our ability to collectively produce meaning and work.
Instant Community is a visual as much as a choreographic experience, an artistic proposition that aims at the social rather than the spectacular. Among the crowd, the four artists/performers playfully manipulate smartphones, projectors, tablets and apps, technologies that now reframe much of our ways of seeing, chatting, living together. They record themselves, they assemble collages of images, videos and sounds to create fictional landscapes and relationships. In this collective experiment, the environments that emerge are artificial yet oddly inviting and engaging. Every evening is different, everyone decides how they participate in the game, injecting a taste of their personality into the making.
Instant Community reignites a desire for a common experience, and hopes for a playful, spontaneous and sincere humanity – through and despite all apparatuses.
“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 Quantz
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) as much as by members of the audience.
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