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Animals of Distinction Montreal
  • Choreography by Dana Gingras
  • Visual Concept and Scenography by United Visual Artists
  • Music by Fly Pan Am
  • Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV

FRONTERA is a new large-scale multimedia dance and music event led by choreographer Dana Gingras.  Set in an audio-synchronized field of light and projection created by UK-based United Visual Artists, nine dancers fearlessly engage in a choreography that will dynamically investigate the universal themes and questions around borders and boundaries.  Newly reformed Montreal band Fly Pan Am will accompany the dancers with a live performance of their commissioned score.

FRONTERA is the first production to be developed through the Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV’s long-term residency program, and Dana has been using this two-year residency to develop a highly-visceral, sensually-charged physical language that is fuelled by a sense of urgency and complexity.

© Morillo Photography
© Morillo Photography


Animals of Distinction, founded in 2006 as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo, 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 by Dana Gingras
  • Visual Concept and Scenography by United Visual Artists
  • Music by Fly Pan Am
  • Field Recordings Dave Bryant
  • Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV
  • Dramaturgy Ruth Little
  • Dancers Robert Abubo, Paige Culley, Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati, Stacey Desilier, Caroline Gravel, Louise-Michel Jackson, Sovann Prom Tep & Esther Rousseau-Morin
  • Additional dancers Koliane Prom Tep & Mark Medrano
  • Rehearsal Director Sarah Williams

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $160,000 make it possible for Dana to fully explore collaborations with UVA and Fly Pan Am, including extended development time with the core group of dancers and the creative team. 


Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.  Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Recent updates

January 17, 2020

Live sound, walls of light, and pummelling dance mix in Animals of Distinction's multimedia Frontera

Choreographer Dana Gingras’s previous work at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival featured frantic urbanites convulsing atop stark-white pedestals. Part of the rush of watching the Holy Body Tattoo’s monumental in 2016 came from seeing what the performers could pull off... Read more

December 3, 2019

Entrevue avec Dana Gingras Frontera : projet chorégraphique collaboratif engagé

Article in French only  Après Monumental en 2017, Dana Gingras, chorégraphe, danseuse et vidéaste est de retour à la Place des Arts avec un autre spectacle d’envergure : FRONTERA. FRONTERA signifie frontière, limite, bordure, un thème que l’artiste visuelle exploite grâce à... Read more

September 25, 2019

Le disque par la danse

Article is in French  « À l’époque, il n’y avait personne d’entre nous qui savait vraiment comment faire de la musique électronique », laisse échapper Roger Tellier-Craig. À l’époque, c’était en 1999, à la sortie du premier album du groupe chez Constellation, l’étiquette qui nous... Read more

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Performance dates

November 20, 2019: World premiere, Grand Théâtre de Québec (Québec) 

December 4 to 7, 2019: Théâtre Maisonneuve (Montreal), presented by Danse Danse

January 8 to 12, 2020: Carriageworks (Sydney, Australia) presented by the Sydney Festival

January 24 and 25, 2020: Berlin, presented by the CTM Festival

Janury 30, 2020: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver), presented by the PuSH International Performing Arts Festival

February 19 & 20, 2020 : Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa), presented by NAC Dance

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