harbinger is a sounding–a call or a cry–that announces a new form of collectivity, a future assembly of bodies. Working with an unparalleled cast of femme performers, choreographer Ame Henderson considers foundational dance techniques of lifting, carrying and weight-sharing as manifestations of care and empathy–as forms of feminized labour. In gestures of caressing, holding, cradling and entwining, the performers’ bodies blur together in disarmingly sensuous ways. Conjuring an unapologetic feminine splendour, this startling exploration of intimacy and physical interdependence imagines bold new embodiments that make room for both togetherness and singularity.
With a practice that spans publication, performance and exhibition, Ame Henderson’s work activates dance and choreography to propose experiential modes of being together. Her projects have been developed and performed across Canada and internationally in galleries, theatres, found sites and outdoor public spaces. Her works foreground collaboration and interdisciplinary praxis, created alongside visual artists, designers, musicians and performance makers. Based in Toronto, she collaborates regularly with Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre, and with the artist-run company Public Recordings, which she co-founded in 2003. Ame is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $140,000 makes it possible for Ame Henderson to bring together a creative team from across Canada to test and refine the work’s interwoven multi-sensory performance language through extended workshops and technical residencies.
Co-producers: L’Agora de la danse & National Arts Centre with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Developed in residency at L’Agora de la danse, Harbourfront Centre & Canadian Stage.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Premiering in June 2020