The creative team backing up the dancers includes lighting design by Lucie Bazzo, visual design by Ivy Wang, sound design by Olesia...
- In-person event
- ≈ 60 minutes · No intermission
Selected to participate in the Visiting Dance Artist Program, a joint initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Centre, contemporary dance artists Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu had to resign themselves to collaborating virtually when the pandemic struck. It wasn’t until 2021 that the stars aligned, and the two artists were finally able to meet at the NAC for a four-week artistic residency. But despite the passage of time, their creative flame never waned. Deciphers is the result of their collaboration, a transposition into movement of the poems, letters and images they exchanged during the lock down. Based on a deeply personal interpretation, this honest and dynamic new work is in constant evolution, and testifies to the exceptional synergy that developed between the co-creators over the many months they spent apart.
Deciphers is a compelling physical performance bringing together elements of Chinese Folk Dance, Brazilian dance styles, spoken word, breath, and ink on paper to explore translation. The various mediums create and question complexities of communication through the lens of understanding and misunderstanding
Co-performers and choreographers, Wang and Abreu, use the stage as their blank canvas highlighting the body as a primal source for communication and carrier of meaning. Deciphers addresses translation as a linguistic phenomenon centering the immigrant experience.
On stage, the performers transfix the audience as it witnesses a work where cultures collide, and where a powerful physical performance journey demonstrates the extraordinary use of the body as a tool of linguistic expression.
Following the presentation of Deciphers on Thursday, February 22, we invite the audience to stay in the Studio for a post-show chat with the artists. The discussion will be led by Daniel Mroz, Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa.