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Shay Kuebler | Radical System Art

Momentum of Isolation

2022-11-04 19:30 2022-11-05 20:40 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Shay Kuebler | Radical System Art

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/30550

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A strong and iconic voice from Vancouver, the dynamic Shay Kuebler returns with a poignant and virtuosic piece that delves into the pain of solitude. In today’s world, isolation—a theme that has inspired Kuebler since 2018, when he learned that the UK had appointed a Minister for Loneliness—has taken on a whole new meaning and even greater resonance. Through inventive and powerful choreographic language, Momentum of Isolation beautifully translates this universal emotion....

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
November 4 - 5, 2022
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Dance Contemporary
“Momentum of Isolation may be his [Shay Kuebler] most moving and fiercely funky work to date.” Gail Johnson, Stir
  • In-person event
  • ≈ 80 minutes · No intermission
  • Flashing lights
  • Haze

A strong and iconic voice from Vancouver, the dynamic Shay Kuebler returns with a poignant and virtuosic piece that delves into the pain of solitude.

In today’s world, isolation—a theme that has inspired Kuebler since 2018, when he learned that the UK had appointed a Minister for Loneliness—has taken on a whole new meaning and even greater resonance. Through inventive and powerful choreographic language, Momentum of Isolation beautifully translates this universal emotion. Kuebler’s signature style—highly physical dance rooted in his background in martial arts, urban dance and theatre—is on full display here.

Playing the part of a man who works alone, speaking only occasionally to his single green plant, Kuebler is surrounded by a chorus of performers as energetic as they are versatile. Playing with illusions, appearances and disappearances, the work conjures moments of fascination. Through complex choreography of groups and duets, Kuebler succeeds in poeticizing and giving meaning to the feeling of isolation that can overwhelm us all. Out of the darkness comes the light.

Arguably the most formidably compelling piece in his repertoire to date, Momentum of Isolation reveals all the humanity of Kuebler’s kinetic work.

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Momentum of Isolation is a co-production of the Candance Network Creation Fund, the National Arts Centre, the Brian Webb Dance Company, Live Art Productions, Danse Danse, and the Yukon Arts Centre. 

video: Momentum of Isolation by Shay Kuebler | Radical System Art
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  • Choreographer and artistic director Shay Kuebler
  • Producer Radical System Art
  • Dancers Keiran Bohay, Aiden Cass, Sarah Hutton, Tia Ashley Kushniruk 亚 女弟, Nicole Pavia, Calder White, Jade Chong
  • Technical Direction Deborah Courchene
  • Rehearsal direction & dramaturgy Abbey Dutton
  • Video Design Daniel O’Shea
  • Stage Management Angela Nguyen
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