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Heart as Arena By Julye Huggins
HEART AS ARENA

Vancouver’s Animals of Distinction presents Heart as Arena at La Rotonde in Québec, April 25th through 27th. The cast features Sarah Doucet (Toronto), Shay Kuebler (Vancouver), Amber Funk Barton (Vancouver), Masaharu Imazu (Montreal/Japan) and Dana Gingras (Vancouver/Montreal). The work incorporates a constellation of low-watt radio transmitters hovering above the heads of the dancers, and broadcasting a faint stream of love songs, washes of static and empty silences. It is virtually “a physical soundscape that is constantly acted on and disrupted by the slipping frequencies and electrical fields created by the dancers’ moving bodies.” In this space, the choreography explores the need of human connection and communication, echoing the electrical interpaly of neurons at the foundation of our emotions as we fall in and out of love.

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