"Displacement is blazingly unique art.      If you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Displacement, the visceral multi-disciplinary experience...for goodness sake do." -- Gary Smith, Dance Critic, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR (Canada) September 14, 2007

 

Upcoming performances:
November 18-21
2009
at the Fleck Dance Theatre
(Part of Harbourfront Centre’s prestigious NextSteps Dance Series)
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Featuring Dancers: Robert Glumbek, Johanna Bergfeldt, Tyler Gledhill,
Ryan Lee
, Rena Narumi, Anisa Tajpar and Brendan Wyatt
and live performances of Christos Hatzis' string quartets by
the Pendercki String Quartet

Tickets: $35 / $30 Student / Senior / Next Steps Package Price
Box Office:
(416) 973-4000 or online at www.HCArts.cs

PRESS RELEASE



DISPLACEMENT
A multi-arts project based on Christos Hatzis' music
first presented by the HCA Dance Company
(Vitek Wincza, Artistic Director)
and the Art Gallery of Hamilton


Robert Glumbek (Choreographer/Dancer)
Christos Hatzis (Composer)
Vessna Perunovich (Visual Artist)
 

PHOTOS OF THE PREMIERE PERFORMANCE
ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON
SEPTEMBER 13-15 2007

 

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The Music:

String Quartet No. 1 (The Awakening)
String Quartet No. 2 (The Gathering)

Premiere performance: September 13, 2007. Southam Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dancers at the premiere performance: Kate Holden, Sandy Joanovic, Nicholas Khan, Ryan Lee, Julie Pécard, Brendon Wyatt.

 


Reviews and Comments:

Displacement is blazingly unique art
If you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket to Displacement, the visceral multi-disciplinary experience from HCA Dance Company and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, for goodness sake do. This multi-disciplinary production is art in the purest sense of the word. It tears a strip off the senses, it assaults comfortable notions of what dance, art and music ought to be. Robert Glumbek's brilliant choreography takes us beyond any comfort zone depositing us squarely in the arena of art. What emerges is brilliant theatre, the sort that forces you kicking and screaming inside the broken soul of humanity, clutching you by the throat. The greatest moments in art are always those screaming defiance. Well, that's Displacement all the way. In terms of dance, you get the sort of visceral edge we're accustomed to find in the best imaginings of German neo-expressionist Pina Bausch. In terms of edge, you get the kinetic rage of a William Forsythe. But before you go off thinking it's derivative, let me say here and now Displacement is blazingly unique. From Vitek Wincza's initial vision, from the white heat of visual artist Vessna Perunovich's mood-drenched installation and film, we are catapulted into a world of refugees and hopeful immigrants. In the battered suitcases they clutch, we sense a horde of memories too painful to release. Against Christos Hatzis' The Awakening, a haunting musical score juxtaposing lyric fancy against a darker, fomenting undertow, seven dancers whirl like dervishes. Splayed out movement takes them rising into space, sweeping a starry sky. Then suddenly they fall, limp and beaten rolling on the floor. Sometimes running for freedom, sometimes restrained by bands of blood red pain, Glumbek's scarred creatures reach for freedom. Bathed in red light that adheres to muscle and sinew, they strain for release. Powerful dance images are matched by desperate sounds hurled from Hatzis' muscular score. Shadowy frames are held by light unleashed from Perunovich's film. When a coiled Glumbek rocks on the floor, fingering the contents of his battered suitcase, it is so painful you have to look away. It's hard to think of Hamilton as a chrysalis for contemporary dance. It's hard to imagine a work of incredible dance genius coming from a small and burgeoning company, domiciled on James Street South. Well folks, it's happening. With Displacement, we have a piece of dance theatre that could easily challenge sophisticated audiences in Paris and New York. Now how cool is that? Gary Smith, Dance Critic, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR (Canada) September 14, 2007

PHOTOS OF THE PREMIERE PERFORMANCE
ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON
SEPTEMBER 13-15 2007

 

 

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