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Series B

Exhilarating Expressions

Morphed, Tero Saarinen Company

Mikki Kunttu

5 shows starting at $179

Highly charged, innovative and daring choreography from creative pioneers on the international scene.

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    What makes a man, a man? That is the question Finnish dance prodigy Tero Saarinen investigates in a muscular new work with seven male dancers. A reflective, unfettered enquiry into the essence of maleness, Morphed  embraces the kinetic volatility of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s music as a soundscape for movement that is raw, multi-layered and expressive, seeming to rise from primal wellsprings.

  2. Play

    L-E-V

    OCD Love

    Babs Asper Theatre

    Highly original, L-E-V’s inventive duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar team up with techno trailblazer DJ Ori Lichtik to create a raw, visceral new work inspired by slam poet Neil Hilborn’s sensational text OCD.  Harking back to the 90s club scene with its pulsing, rhythmic groove and striking contrasts in light and shadow, this hypnotic, obsessive compulsive piece looks at love and the emotional black holes that lurk in its shadows. 

    • L-E-V

    • Choreography

      Sharon Eyal Gai Behar

  3. Play

    La Veronal

    Siena

    Babs Asper Theatre

    La Veronal’s signature dance pieces are sophisticated and slyly humorous. Siena serves as a geographical point of reference for a provocative, abstract reflection on the concept of the human body in art and time. The dancers use their bodies as malleable maps to meaning in a meticulously reproduced gallery space dominated by a giant blow up of Titian’s luxuriously sensuous Venus of Urbino.

    • La Veronal

    • Choreography

      Marcos Morau

    • in collaboration with the dancers

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    Yoann Bourgeois

    He Who Falls

    Babs Asper Theatre

    Suspended in air, a platform begins to move, slowly, then faster, spinning, tilting, pivoting, swinging. Six dancers seem to defy gravity, hanging on to the platform, leaning into the spin, climbing, falling, tripping, running with incredible agility, grace and skill. Uplifting and awe-inspiring, acrobat, actor, juggler and dancer Yoann Bourgeois’s beautiful, playful movement expresses an ongoing fascination with the idea of weightlessness, and leaves us breathless.

  5. Play

    Frédérick Gravel

    Some Hope for the Bastards

    Babs Asper Theatre

    Text, live music, and movement – these are the three elements with which Frédérick Gravel performs a kind of creative alchemy. Gravel’s vigorous, uncensored, brutally honest collaborations reflect the gutsy curiosity and quirky intelligence that push him constantly to interrogate the state of being human. Seeking beauty in the cracks between what we show and what we live, Gravel electrifies audiences with dance that is rock ‘n’ roll sexy and in the moment.

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