Many thanks to Donna, Caitlin, Sammie, Alex, Heidi, James, Jamie, and the rest of the team at the Firehall Arts Centre for programming NINEEIGHT at this years Dancing on the Edge Festival. We've received amazing response to the piece and we're really amped to start working on the full-length at the end of August! Make sure to see more of the other shows if you can, there's quite the lineup this year!
In other news, a review from our Seattle performances just arrived:
Vancouver-based company Hong Kong Exile presented something entirely different that lives, perhaps, within its own realm of creativity. NINEEIGHT was a memorable, haunting, and utterly disturbing visual experience–in both its choreographic intensity and unrefined social relevance. The dancers shifted between shaky spasms, pedestrian movement, blood-curdling screams, choruses of “yeah!”, posing, stumbling, and a particularly disquieting sequence of mimed stabbing which lasted far longer than was comfortable. NINEEIGHT, which spoke distinctly to the Hong Kong-Mainland conflict, was performance art with a life of its own and one that ought to be applauded for its honesty, depth, and surreal tension. Beautifully performed and unforgettably unsettling (especially to those who may watch with less context), Hong Kong Exile’s presentation was an exciting contribution to this year’s festival and an exciting work in the international field.
- Miranda Chantelois [SeattleDances.com]