In Laborious Song, Daina Ashbee explores movements in order to break down layers of resilience, uncovering vulnerable shapes, forms and bodies. Using repetition to insist, to reach points of trance and transformation; to evoke rhythm while manifesting energetic states and asking both performer and audience to endure. The act of physical labour leads the work to places of pleasure and climax, abandoning our frameworks and radiating in intimate play.
This is the first presentation of a solo exploration of what will become a full-length duet between Benjamin Kamino and Pieter Ampe.
Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance. Recognized as one of the most promising young choreographers of the next generation, her work has been presented 76 times in 13 countries and 27 cities (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontre Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, and the Munich Dance Biennale). Daina is the artist-in-residence at Agora de la danse in Montreal until 2023 and the associate artist of Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.
Creation Daina Ashbee Performed by Benjamin Kamino In collaboration with Pieter Ampe Lighting Design Karine Gauthier Photo Pieter Ampe by David Flores Rubio With the support of Conseil des arts du Canada Creative residencies La Briqueterie/Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique (FR), fabrik – Potsdam (DE), Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival (GL), CEPRODAC (MX), Bad Lemons (DE)