Fragile Forms

Fragile Forms

360° performance / dance x architecture

Feb 2–7, 2019, 6pm + 8:30pm @ Anvil Centre

Presented by MACHiNENOiSY at the Anvil Centre. Co-presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Anvil Centre.

Inspired by world-renowned Finnish theorist and architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s writings on architecture and the sensing body, MACHiNENOiSY’s most ambitious work to date is a site-specific, 360-degree contemporary dance performance tailored specifically for New Westminster’s iconic Anvil Centre. This adventurous piece brings together architecture; sound, visual and lighting design; and a team of extraordinary dancers from both Canada and Finland—all to stunning effect.

Audience members accompany the artists as the performance moves between various locations throughout the Centre. As the piece unfolds, it evolves into an interplay between the architecture and one’s embodied perception of it. The sensorial, social and political aspects of the space intermingle to redefine the performers, the audience and the place itself. The result is a revelatory dance experience—immersive, radical and utterly unique.

CHOREOGRAPHERS, DIRECTORS Delia Brett and Daelik DANCER COLLABORATORS Maria Autio, Minna Karttunen, Kelly McInnes, Diego Romero, Olivia Shaffer, Rianne Svelnis, Lexi Vajda STAGE MANAGER Kanon Hewitt SOUND ARTIST Nancy Tam VISUAL ARTIST, DESIGNER Natalie Purschwitz LIGHTING DESIGNER Conor Moore ARCHITECTURAL COLLABORATORS Peeroj Thakre and Henning Knoetzele ARCHITECT, AUTHOR CONSULTANT Juhani Pallasmaa SUPPORTED BY City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts CO-PRESENTED WITH Jessica Schneider, Programmer, Anvil Theatre IN KIND SUPPORT Anvil Centre

Photos by Natalie Purschwitz