Progress: Contemporaneity 2.0
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4
In Becoming, by Wild Moon & Eventual Ashes (Tkaronto), a young woman journeys from Turtle Island to the dream world to connect to her ancestral guides, challenge her oppression and trauma, and affirm her magic. In MWON'D (uma), Rhodnie Désir (Montréal) features b-boy Greg “Krypto” Selinger expressing the intimate, troubled and spiritual space of being. And in Gandhari, Gitanjali Kolanad (India) uses the mythological figure from the Mahabharata and the martial art form of kalaripayat to examine the effects of loss on the body, tracing a path from grief, through anger and revenge, to transcendence.
Tickets to Saturday February 17th's performance include an Intermission Tasting Session catered by Gitanjali Kolanad
Ancient Indian writers about performance used food as a metaphor when discussing the nature of aesthetic experience, even calling it rasa - juice, essence, taste. Just as the melding of separate flavours on the tongue creates a sensation beyond any list of ingredients, so too in encounters with art, our experience transcends the individual components. But to fully savour its pleasures, we must first be willing to 'taste' it, that is, open ourselves and take it in. So as you bite, chew, and swallow, be mindful that this is also a way to approach the works you'll be seeing.
Presented in an alternating program:
Created by Gitanjali Kolanad
Feb 14, 16 & 17
Created & Written by Asia Clarke
& Jade Lee Hoy, Directed by Gein Wong
Created by Rhodnie Désir
Feb 15, 17 & 18
Curated and produced by Anandam Dancetheatre for Progress.