Contemporary Performance

Click through the tabs below to explore contemporary works produced by Femmes du Feu.

TWEET (premiere 2016)

Created and performed by Femmes du Feu and Lindsay Goodtimes

Supported by Theatre Direct and Ontario Arts Council

Music by Ian Goodtimes

Projections by Beth Kates

Tweet is a contemporary circus performance geared to young audiences age 0-6 years. Aerial circus, video projection, soundscapes and a tactile environment combine to create a magical experience and bring an enchanted forest to life as 2 young birds learn to take flight.

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BIND (premiere 2016)

Bind is a 6 performer, 25-minute aerial circus work that looks at feminism, health, exorcism, trauma, and flutter-fetti. This work is raw, edgy, and bold. The piece is a combination of contemporary dance and aerial work on an aerial ladder. The ladder changes rigging configurations throughout the piece. The music ranges from the ethereal sounds of Max Richter to blues-rock of Jack Black. The costuming is begins in gender-neutral mechanic jumpsuits, which are soon removed. The rest of the work takes place in woolen underwear and bras.

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ASCENSION (premiere 2016)

Circus Artists: Holly Treddenick, Angola Murdoch
Soprano: Stacie Dunlop
Score by John Cage (1912-1992) Aria & Fontana Mix (1958/1959)

In this trio we witness three personal journeys of transformation on and around the aerial ladder. At times reflecting each other, other times supporting one another along. The core of this work delves into a narrative exploring personal experiences of risk and balance, motherhood and feminism. Driven by the graphic notation and irregular score of John Cage’s Aria accompanied by his Fontana Mix, the 3 artists have created collaboratively and interpreted the score in a new and reimagined way vocally and physically. Witnessing the brink of insanity, on the edge of reality. The ladder is home as we ascend through the time and space of this work.

Here’s what reviewers said about Ascension from performances in Balancing on the Edge in Toronto November 18/19, 2016:

“The fullest integration between disciplines was surely in Ascension, the only piece where the aerialists (Holly Treddenick & Angola Murdoch) made sounds, and a singer (Stacie Dunlop) did acrobatics and some aerials. We were in John Cage’s bizarre sound-world, sounds and phonation resembling a language or meta-language, presented with all the trappings of meaningful speech in a mysterious social context.” barczablog

“The second half of the show opened with Ascension; three interwoven personal journeys linked by an aerial ladder. Angela Murdoch and Holly Tredennick produced most of the aerials here but the star was surely Stacie Dunlop performing a bizarre John Cage piece for soprano and tape while alternately walking around in rapid circles and interacting with the aerialists. I cannot begin to describe the range of sounds she was required to produce.” operaramblings

Video by Eamon MacMohn (Password: ascension)

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Photo by Miklos Legrady

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Photo by Miklos Legrady

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Photo by Craig Meschino

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Photo by Miklos Legrady

 

Blue Acrobats-12-1WATER’S EDGE (premiere 2011)
The piece is about the meeting of the woman in the moon and a mermaid. The woman of the moon is wise and all knowing while the mermaid is just discovering how the moon and its mistress shape her world. Ultimately, you could say the piece is about how everything is connected.

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BOBBOB (premiere 2010)
BOB is a dark and comedic aerial dance duet telling the tale of two gals on a casual boating trip when suddenly the boat capsizes. The dancers struggle to stay afloat, and to search for shore or help, but their desperate efforts are in vain. The boat eventually sinks and the girls give into their tragic fate and drown together.Check it out on YouTube

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AIRSHIP (premiere 2011) 

Femmes du Feu’s Holly Treddenick and Sabrina Pringle brought back performers Lara Ebata and Natalie Fullerton to collaborate and join forces with musician James Fisher of Zirco Circus to create their new aerial dance show Airship.Inspired by the culture and esthetics of Steampunk, Airship imagines the path not taken for technology in the early explorations of flight, and reveals the inner workings of a ship powered by human movement.

Leonardo Da Vinci said “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return”.

Check out our Airship video

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THE PLANK (premiere 2010)
Jump into the rigging, set sail and dive into the legend and lore of women on the high seas in this aerial dance show.Check it out HERE orHERE

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headfirstlogoHEAD FIRST (primere 2009)
Bare knuckle, death defying aerial dance with a hefty dose of indie rock. A show that never manages to settle in one spot long enough to slap a label on it. Using bungee, and aerial silks Head First reflects our generation and draws from the baggage we’ve collected throughout our lives. With sexy physicality, a hint of flamenco and a precise balance of risk and control, this all female cast spins the audience on a whirlwind tour through dream and memory, darkness and light.Check out Impossibility (just one of the many aspects of Head First)

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