My video documentation work, Suite canadienne (2015), is on view at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery as part of the show IGNITION 11 until June 6, 2015.
Photos by Emily Gan
For two days in April I danced in the public and private institutions of the city: city hall, the courthouse, the stock market, the arts council, the investment banks, the trade buildings and the convention center. I danced a minor part from Ludmilla Chiriaeff’s folk ballet Suite canadienne, choreographed for CBC television in 1955. Presenting an originary work of Quebec ballet danced by a largely untrained body, the performances raise questions about belonging, permission and the re-performance of cultural fantasies.