Three microphones, percussive electronic music and, projected onto the backstage wall, the image of two men and a woman walking through the wings just before stepping onstage. Disconcerting performers in a rock concert that really isn’t a rock concert, they are going to “play some music” with their bodies, translating into movement the fiery spirit and excess of the genre. The “dance songs” of the performance are presented in a series of striking tableaux that follow the classic energetic curve of a rock concert, driven forward not only by the body but by the voice as well. Voices that shout, moan, whisper, sing and address the audience. The three charismatic performers move from total mastery to loss of control, fluctuating between explosion and suspension, individuality and fusion. The adventurous choreographer Ame Henderson hits home with this unbridled, tumultuous piece that blends art forms in its rendition of the harsh reality of the human condition. /Dance/Songs/ is a bracing shot of adrenaline in 12 strong doses, encore included.
"Ame Henderson is one of the most adventurous choreographers in the city. Her experimental new work /Dance/Songs/ is absolutely intriguing and utterly fresh. "
Classical 96.3 FM, Toronto, 2006
"The overriding virtue of /Dance/Songs/ - neither dance nor songs in the conventional sense of those words – is that it is a show unlike any you’ve seen before.(…) /Dance/Songs/ is funny, anarchic, satiric and puzzling, anlways turning up something unexpected. "
Toronto Star, 2006
"There is something very appealing about the inter-relational dynamics – onstage, offstage and between those two places – engendered such a format."
The Dance Current, 2007
Concept et mise en scène : Ame Henderson
Musique : Eric Craven
Interprètes et co-créateurs : Chad Dembski, Claudia Fancello, Matija Ferlin
Vidéo : Daniel Arcé
Design : Trevor Schwellnus
Dramaturgie : Jacob Zimmer
Costumes : Cathia Pagotto
Production : Public Recordings (Toronto)
rédaction : Fabienne Cabado
photos : Liam Maloney