Dog Rising

Photo: Mathieu Verreault, “Dog Rising” performed by Be Heintzman Hope, Clara Furey, Brian Mendez

By Clara Furey, Bent Hollow Compagnie (Montreal, Canada)

Recommended for audiences 16+

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With its celestial bodies launched into orbit, vibrating in a sensual and hypnotic ritual, Dog Rising mirrors the life-cycle, the dynamic flow of matter. From primitive impulses to gestures that are at times sexual, at times mechanical, Clara Furey’s new creation comes together like a polyphony of pulsating bodies, in turns dissonant and in unison.

As a point of departure for her physical research, Furey looked at bone conduction – how sound resonates in a spiral trajectory through the bones. She prefers to imagine that the vibrating shocks strengthen rather than break us. Rather than dramatize the shock, she frames it as something our skeleton needs to survive. Dog Rising opens the door to spontaneous pleasure; pulsations cause our emotions to fluctuate like waves. Neither narrative nor drama, the piece revolves around pure sensation. Notions of persistence and pleasure provoke all sorts of questions: how does our personal machine function and how can it regenerate itself? How can we replenish our resources rather than exhaust them? How can we generate energy ourselves and rely on each other so that it comes back to us? The idea of renewal is central to the work – energy deployed to edify, in pleasure rather than in suffering. Our resources need not be exhausted if they are used in the right way.

Clara Furey – Dog Rising from Parbleux on Vimeo

Dog Rising credits:

Concept and artistic direction / conception et direction artistique : Clara Furey

Choreographed by / chorégraphie : Clara Furey in collaboration with

/ en collaboration avec Be Heintzman Hope, Brian Mendez & Winnie Ho

Performed by / interprètes : Bac Lepage-Acosta, Be Heintzman Hope, Brian Mendez

Rehearsal / répétitrice : Lucie Vigneault

Musical composition / composition musicale : Tomas Furey

Lighting design / conception lumière : Karine Gauthier

Technical director / direction technique : Karine Gauthier, Jurjen Barel

Outside eye / regards extérieurs : Peter Jasko, Dana Michel, Christopher

Willes, Caroline Monnet

Distribution / diffusion : A Propic | Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren

Production : Bent Hollow Compagnie

Executive production / production déléguée : Parbleux

Coproduced by / coproduction : Atelier de Paris – CDCN (france), CD Spectacles (Gaspé, Canada), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – Direction Maud le Pladec (France), Festival Transamériques (Montréal, Canada), La Briqueterie – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-Sur-Seine, France), La Rotonde (Québec, Canada), New Baltic Dance Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania / Lituanie)

Partners and support for creation / partenaires et soutiens à la création : Parbleux (Montréal, Canada), L’écart – Art Cctuel (Rouyn-Noranda, Canada), Danse à la Carte (Montréal, Canada)

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