DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest-running contemporary dance series, presents the world premiere of Tribal Crackling Wind’s Fluency, a multidisciplinary piece incorporating video documentary, live interviews and live dance performance as it examines four-time Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning choreographer Peter Chin’s attempt to integrate into the culture of Nicaragua.
Can one become Nicaraguan? The Jamaican-born, Toronto-based Peter Chin answers that question in this piece imbued with his trademark finesse and humour. Over a three-year period, the choreographer, dancer and musician – together with videographer Jeremy Mimnagh – documented his travels to Nicaragua with the impossible mission of transforming himself into a Nicaraguan, partly through learning the Spanish language.
Fluency is a melange of video footage of Chin’s successes and failures in Nicaragua mixed with live dance performed by Vancouver dancer Alison Denham, a couch interview with actor/dancer Billy Marchenski and analysis by York University professor María Constanza Guzmán. The sum of these parts is an atypical progress report that lies somewhere between dance, theatre, video and a talk show.
“Šwhen it comes to avant-garde art, Peter Chin walks the walk – and it’s a pretty memorable strut. The renaissance man of the dance world is devoted to innovation”
- NOW Magazine
DanceWorks presents the world premiere of
Tribal Crackling Wind’s Fluency
Choreography by Peter Chin
Videography by Jeremy Mimnagh
Music by Garnet Willis
Lighting and Set Design by David Duclos
Performed by Peter Chin, Alison Denham, Billy Marchenski, María Constanza Guzmán
Part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps
Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5, 8pm
at Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre | 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: Adults $28, $23 (Students/Seniors/CADA/SCDS $18, $15)
plus applicable taxes & services charges
Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online at www.danceworks.ca