Daina Ashbee once again challenges the audience.
Pour explores the strength and vulnerability of women and reveals the many forms of pain and sorrow they endure, a state of affairs that is little acknowledged. Although a sombre piece, it is interspersed with moments of joy and celebration.
First presented at La Chapelle – Scènes Contemporaines in September 2016 and then at the Festival TransAmériques in 2017, Pour toured extensively in 2017 and 2018, travelling to Paris, Marseille, Helsinki, Stavanger and Bergen (Norway), Vancouver, Barcelona and Madrid, Prague and Brussels. Prior to appearing at Agora de la danse in 2019, the show will be presented in Toronto and at La Rotonde in Quebec City.
The piece has attracted a lot of attention, and praise from critics. The journalist Rose Carine Henriquez wrote on the Nevros’arts website that “The images invoked by Ashbee are striking and well wrought, and resonate with the spectator. […] The challenges of this solo piece have been brilliantly addressed, with a strength that befits the subject matter.”
In 2016, Daina Ashbee was a double prize winner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Agora/Tangente Emerging Artist Award and the CALQ award for Best Choreography for WHEN THE ICE MELTS, WILL WE DRINK THE WATER?, presented at Agora in 2017. After that performance, the dancer Esther Gaudette received the RDQ Best Performance award in 2017, and that same year Paige Culley received the Prix de la danse de Montréal Emerging Artist award for her performance in Pour.
Meet the artist: May 2, after the performance.
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Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance, which intelligently approach such complex subjects and taboos as female sexuality, Métis identity, and climate change.
Considered to be one of the most promising choreographers of her generation she was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation WHEN THE ICE MELTS, WILL WE DRINK THE WATER? , and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated. Also, Daina was named by the prestigious German Tanz magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American publication, Dance Magazine in 2018.
Her work is being presented in some of the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis and the Munich Dance Biennale) and on the stages of the world while creating a new group piece and a solo set to premiere in 2020 and 2021.
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Concept, Choreography and Set Design Daina Ashbee
Performer trainee Emilie Morin
Sound Design Jean-François Blouin
Lighting Design Hugo Dalphond
Outside eyes Andrew Tay, Angélique Willkie
Dancers in rehearsal 2015 – 2016 Paige Culley, Stéphanie Fromentin, Clara Furey, Esther Gaudette, Emilie Morin
Associate Producer CCOV
May 1-2-3, 2019 – 7 p.m.
22$, 28$ | 29$, 35$
Daina Ashbee is an artist associated with the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV and Agora de la danse.
The striking beauty of the dancer in Pour tends to evoke Hans Arp's sketches of women rather than the intense, tormented contortions of an Auguste Rodin.
Nicolas Villodre, October 2017, Mouvement.net