• Choreography and direction Dana Gingras
  • Scenography United Visual Artists

Creation Destruction is a large-scale multimedia dance and live music event developed and conceived as an outdoor performance. This stunning new production will feature 11 of Canada’s most distinguished dancers, who will be framed within a video installation created by UK-based United Visual Artists (UVA). 

We continuously sit on the cusp between creation and destruction. These omnipresent forces stimulate humanity to strive toward greater freedom, evolution, and self-actualization. Tumultuous moments of destructive upheaval create the conditions for regeneration. As creation evolves out of dissolution, there is a persistent oscillation between chaos and order, both of which are essential for life. 

Creation Destruction investigates the ways in which humanity’s creative abilities enable us to adapt, innovate, and therefore, survive. It speaks to the ways we can positively engage with the growing feelings of anxiety associated with the ever-accelerating pace of change during this precarious moment for our planet.


Animals of Distinction is the multi-media dance company of choreographer and dancer Dana Gingras.  The Montreal-based company is at the forefront of contemporary practice, and its cutting-edge works are born from creative collaborations across all mediums and artistic practices, shaped by the possibilities of new technologies and cultural shifts. 

Creative team

  • Choreography and direction Dana Gingras
  • Scenography United Visual Artists
  • Music Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Thierry Amar, Timothy Herzog, Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau
  • Lighting design Mikko Hynninen
  • Costumes Remi van Bochove
  • Design and fabrication of soloist’s costume Brittany Cohen
  • Dramaturgy Kathy Casey
  • Dramaturgy Ruth Little
  • Rehearsal director and Assistant to the choreographer Sarah Williams
  • Producer and agent Sarah Rogers

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $160,000 supports the work’s final development process, which includes an extended rehearsal period and a week-long technical residency.  With this additional time, the creative team will continue to work on the overall content and dramaturgy of the piece, weave together the visuals and choreography to create a more layered and integrated production, with further development of the lighting and costume design. 


Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter program, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and The Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers. 

Performance dates

Past performances

Presented by Luminato Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2022 Trillium Park (Toronto)
Presented by Festival TransAmériques May 25 - May 27, 2023 Esplanade Tranquile (Montreal)