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Compagnie Katie Ward has been invited to be part of a two week Laboratory hosted by Tangente (a Montreal theatre that presents experimental dance) from April 17 - 28th 2017. During this period we will conceive, develop and trouble shoot various interactive 'activity-games' for performers and for the general public intended for audience participation. We will host an open house to test out our ideas with visitors. The space will be set up so that people can move guided by their curiosity like in a gallery - visiting different stations or locations around the room and engaging in different relational activity-games.
I am motivated to uncover an in-performance, intuitive-sensed knowledge of reality or of real things triggered by these questions. Can we expand our knowledge and understanding of perceived realities through an exploration of the real and it’s relationship to imagination in performance?
Here are some examples of games we will develop, each game will have a text and movement I call these games Imagination Stations:
The Optimism Game:
We will work by using visitors' real life sad stories, we will rewrite them on the spot - turning them into a positive version of themselves. By exagerrating the perspective of optimism we will experiment with and explore performance scores that may reveal both the generative ad destructive aspects of optimism.
Sci-fi Imagination Project:
We will collectively tell a story in a science fiction style - How far can we go in harnessing our story telling and making this real, seen felt and experienced? Through speaking and dancing we will create vivid sensory input exploring how 'real' - felt and seen the experience can become.
The Elastic Dance:
Here the participants will participate in a dance by dancing all together in a large elastic creating and building a group energy.
Horoscope + Imagination:
Like during a tarot reading - the horoscope teller imagines some possible future actions of the visiting person. This imaginary future experience will be less about precise events and more based in sensation and perception - they might be imagined dances - something that the destiny holds.
At this station - we will examine and describe objects (ex: two glasses on a table, a painting, the visitors bodies moving in the room) - attempting to strip away any preconceived ideas about what their usual functions are by describing them by noticing the difference between them. We will list these new functions and dance them!