Smash Up is a collision of dance, animation and sound informed by the fluidity of the post-post modern age of repurposing — where the remix, the sample, the mash-up, the hypertext, the cut-and-paste, the adaptation and the bricolage are the means by which we order (or disorder) our existence.
Employing a pop sensibility that incorporates the Warholian Factory ethos of experiment, transgressive possibility and anarchic play, Team Smash Up will expose the gritty mechanics of the performative space, leading audiences on an interactive journey that eviscerates the theatrical experience.
Smash Up is a series of short mixed-media works featuring animated environments from artists James Paterson and Amit Pitaru, original music mash-ups processed by Roger Tellier-Craig (godspeed you! black emperor; Fly Pan Am) and guests Gabriel Mounsey and Sixtoo, choreography by Dana Gingras with dancers Sarah Doucet, Susan Elliott, Sonja Perreten and Siôned Watkins, featuring guests artists Marie Brassard, Andrea Gunnlaugson and Shay Kuebler, all framed within an installation designed by Jonathan Inksetter. Juxtaposing the movements of the live performers and the motion of animated projections, Smash Up will create a tactile and mobile atmosphere, deconstructing the sublimely disquieting forces of desire, isolation, emotional and physical dislocation manifested between layers of image, gesture and sound.
Smash Up runs May 8 - 12, at 8 pm at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, located at 1895 Venables Street (at Victoria Drive). For more information, visit www.thecultch.com, www.holybodytattoo.org, or www.animalsofdistinction.org.
Tickets are $27 general, $23 for students and seniors and are available through Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca.