Creative residency and premiere took place at the Montreal, arts intercultural, as part of Ascendance / African and Black History Month, in partnership with Tangente, Agora de la danse, Studio 303 and Circuit-Est.
Dancer and choreographer Rhodnie Désir reveals her new interdisciplinary creation as part of Ascen/danses. With VÍ[REC], Désir bares all and exposes the juncture between present and past lives. Like a countdown, the messengers will lend themselves to the ritual of life in seven sacred steps. A meditation on the mysterious and erratic flow of breath, and on where it breaches the limits of balance and leaves its mark on the body. An emerging artist of Haitian descent, Désir draws upon collective strength and memory - particularly those of her African ancestors while allowing for cultural cross- fertilization. Contemporary African dance, the vehicle of breath itself, merges with audio visual projections. Accompanied by a percussionist, a singer who uses an invented language and a juggle, the Rhodnie Désir brings into focus the constant presence of one’s own breath.
Choreography, staging and vocal compositions: Rhodnie Désir
Performers: Ramon Cespedes, Rhodnie Désir, Kyle Driggs and Joannie Labelle
Visual Projections: Ian Cameron