SplitScreen

The four kinetically charged and visually arresting works that make up SplitScreen all have one unusual feature in common – each dance presents two distinct, but synchronous, lines of action. solo from locus plot suspends a solitary figure within the yielding curves of the void while a tiny cluster of dancers measure the pace of eternity. For Yang, two men vie for dominance in the same time and space, simultaneously performing different versions of the same physically virtuosic solo. Split Screen Stereophonic is a high intensity double duet that uses a stage divided in two to contrast two couples each veering unstably from intense connection to breakdown and collapse. And epilogue, a meditation on absence and loss, is both a solo for a dancer and a duet for a pair of chairs that emerge as players in the story of a dismantled relationship. 

As well as showcasing some of the most extraordinary dancers in the Toronto scene, SplitScreen features startling and powerful soundtracks by leading figures in the world of electronic music: John Kameel Farah / Toronto – Berlin; Thierry de Mey / Brussels; Knuckleduster – Debashis Sinha / Toronto & Robert Lippok / Berlin; and Tim Motzer / Philadelphia.

 

choreography: Peggy Baker

guest musician: Tim Motzer

lighting design: Marc Parent

stage manager: Gabriel Cropley

costume design: Robyn Macdonald

costume design: Jennifer Dallas

composers: John Kameel Farah, Thierry De Mey, Knuckleduster & Tim Motzer

dancers

Ric Brown

Sarah Fregeau

Kate Holden

David Norsworthy

Peggy Baker


 Reviews

 
It’s the kind of piece you really want to see several times.

“[In Stereophonic] Baker offers hot-and-cold images of fraught emotion, intimacy and detachment operating within two relationships… It’s the kind of piece you really want to see several times.”

Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

Eloquent

“…[epilogue is ] an eloquent yet open-ended commentary on a relationship lost, remembered and treasured…”

Michael Crabb, Toronto Star

Dramatic pauses and sharp gestural patterns.

“…non-stop diagonal, angular physicality, sudden on-the-floor gymnastics, dramatic pauses and sharp gestural patterns.” 

Paula Citron describing Yang in the Globe and Mail

 

Booking

SpiltScreen is available for main stage touring.  Presenters with a password may view the full length videos of each work here:

Bookings and information: Meredith Potter


Gallery

SplitScreen, Calgary 2016. Photography by Tim Nguyen  

Split Screen Stereophonic and epilogue, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto, 2013. Photography by Makoto Hirata