Polymorphic Microbe Bodies

Hanna Sybille Müller and Erin Robinsong

Polymorphic Microbe Bodies
Hanna Sybille Müller and Erin Robinsong

Édifice Wilder – Espace danse, Espace vert

June 3, 4pm
June 4, 11am and 4pm

Like planets, our bodies are composed of ecosystems, inhabitants and relationships. More than half the cells in our bodies are not human; bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi together form ‘our’ body. What does it mean to be a multispecies community? How do we feel our multiplicity? This multisensory dance work invites audiences on a somatic journey into their own bodies. Guided by sound, smell, touch, language and taste, we travel the microbial worlds inside our mouths, guts, and imaginaries.

Hanna Sybille Müller is a choreographer living in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. Her main focus is language, movement and its interrelations – investigating the strange magic and ordinary potencies of language and the bodies. She has been questioning what it means to collaborate with humans and non-humans.

Erin Robinsong is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with ecological imagination. Her debut collection of poetry, Rag Cosmology, won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry (2017). She is the author of Liquidity (House House Press, 2020) and Wet Dream (Brick Books, 2022). She has collaborated on many performance works with Andréa de Keijzer and Hanna Sybille Müller.

Choreography + Performance
Hanna Sybille Müller

Choreography + Poetry + Sound
Erin Robinsong

Musician and Sound Designer
Michel F. Côté

Performance + Collaboration
Lara Oundjian
Diego Gil
Emmanuel Jouthe
Rachel Harris
Mathi Loslier-Pellerin

Adam Kinner

Lighting Designer
Tiffanie Boffa

Biologist and scientific advisor
Merlin Sheldrake

Costume Designer
Emily Watts-Luciani

Costume assistant
Edwin Isford

Vocal coach
Damaris Baker

Compost chandelier maker
Andrew Forster

with the support of
Canada Council for the Arts I Conseil des arts du Canada
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

In collaboration with
Musée d’art de Joliette
Théâtre Hector-Charland
Ville de Joliette

Creation residency
Studio 303
Dana Gingras/The Stable

Special thanks to
Those who have made this project possible:
Diego Gil, Csenge Kolozsvári – Sense Lab; Dana Gingras – The Stable; Carol Newell; Miriam Ginestier, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Kimura Byol – Studio 303; Charlotte Lalou Rousseau, Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre, Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy – Musée d’art de Joliette et Théâtre Hector-Charland; Stéphane Labbé, Julie Deschênes, Marco Pronovost, Jérémy Busque, Sylvain Verstricht, Mathilde Girard, Catherine Ste-Marie – Tangente.

Those who have participated in this project: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Nayla Naoufal, Jory Strachan, Kelly Keenan, Linda Rabin, Merlin Sheldrake, Alfons Robinsong, Lauren Semeschuk, Andréa de Keijzer, Udavi Cruz Márquez, Chloé Bourdages-Roy.

Those who helped make the trailer:
Brianna Buhr, Nadia Chaney, Megan Gnanasihamany, Adam Kinner, Jacob Wren, Emily Gan.

Those who contributed to the project by offering themselves to our many tests:
Sandra Huber, Jacob Wren, Andrew Forster, Vida Simon, Jack Stanley, Megan Gnanasihamany.

Thank you for your presence and for sending multivitamin tablets across the ocean:
Iren Müller Licha, Emanuel Licha, Irmgard Schaller, Lutz Müller, Elvira Kipp.