CURRENT WORKS / ON TOUR
INHERITOR ALBUM (2012)
Inheritor Album is the next collaborative creation by the company, a collaboration between Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler and Josh Martin, in a shared process with additional performers Justine Chambers, David Raymond and Laura Avery. Drawn from selected interpretations of inheritance and succession, the full-length album is a collection of eclectic short pieces that pull apart roles of inheritor and predecessor, exploring transition between the two, tracing roots and lineage to create brief snapshots of a generational place in time. The 605 Collective continues to build on a combined movement vocabulary derived from house, hip-hop, capoeira and contemporary dance practices. This work features six performers, original sound designed by Kristen Roos, and integrated projected film/animation elements created by award-winning visual artist Miwa Matreyek.
Premiere Performance: Canada Dance Festival 2012 (National Arts Centre – Theatre Hall, Ottawa), Dancing On The Edge Festival (Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver)
Duration: 65 Minutes
Original Performers: Laura Avery, Justine Chambers, Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin and David Raymond
Lighting Design: Jason Dubois
Original Sound: Kristen Roos
Additional Sound: Joshua Treble, Thom Yorke, Glenn Branca
Animation/Video Design: Miwa Matreyek
Projection Programming: Wlad Woyno
NEW ANIMAL (2012)
Through a co-production with Montreal-based Animals Of Distinction, New Animal is a multi-media work created by Dana Gingras specifically for The 605 Collective. The piece exploits the supreme versatility of the five dancers – Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin, Dave Raymond and Amber Funk-Barton. Suffused with raw, unbridled energy, groove, ludic interaction and a hunger for movement, the performers reclaim their animal bodies as a means of becoming fully human.Engaging with the push and pull of the group dynamic, while recognizing its interdependence, New Animal attempts to speak of otherness. Both playful and intimate, this work walks a tightrope between fleeting moments of control and radical shifts in dynamics. The tension between flesh ultimately pushes the structure towards the edge of chaos and entropy. The collective effort to maintain form under pressure requires a concomitant acceleration of energy, and willingness to adapt against imminent disorder. New Animal is set to an eclectic soundtrack assembled and manipulated by Roger Tellier-Craig, and features film elements by Dana Gingras and Yannick Grandmont with lighting designed by Robert Sondergaard.
“This animal body, for all its susceptibility and vertigo, remains the primary instrument of all our knowing” – David Abram
Premiere Performance: The Cultch, Vancouver
Duration: 60 Minutes
Original Performers: Amber Funk Barton, Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin and David Raymond
Music Samples From: Neu!, Shinning Path, Boredoms, MIA, Brigitte Fontaine/Areski/Art Ensemble Of Chicago
In this collaborative work, five rambunctious performers jump, dive and collide to create a rough-and-tumble dance, transforming today’ s hyper communication into a highly athletic contact sport. With the increasingly electronic social culture, AUDIBLE explores and exaggerates the overwhelming and often abrasive changes to how we chose, or are now forced, to connect. Building on such ideas as data-addiction, life-casting, “friend-ing” and online voyeurism, the dancers escape the vulnerability of face-to-face interactions, then carelessly hurl themselves through space, spinning out of both reality and control. With the collective’s unique integration of forms comes a raw and energetic dance that investigates a replacement of social skills, the dislocation from immediate surroundings, and the craving for a most basic human need. Backed by electronic industrial soundscapes and club beats, and featuring lighting designed by Jason Dubois, AUDIBLE builds wave after wave of fast, floor-pounding movement, testing the limits of each performer with its daring athleticism, powerful unison and awkwardly intimate encounters.
Premiere Performances: Dancing On The Edge Festival 2009, Vancouver / Canada Dance Festival 2009, Ottawa
Duration: 60 Minutes
Original Performers: Lisa Gelley, Sasha Kozak, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin and Maiko Miyauchi
Lighting Design: Jason Dubois
Music Samples From: Daedelus, Tehn (Brian Crabtree), Portable Sunsets, aMute, Poirier and Mulatu Astatke
TOLD HIM TWICE (2008)
The 605 Collective’s “Told Him Twice”, a traditional duet, plays with patterning and cycles as well as connections and disconnections found in a constantly changing relationship. This is a seemingly infinite struggle between two people to reach the same level of presence, trust and care inside the unavoidable never-ending game of “give and take”.
Premiere Performance: MovEnt’s Dances For A Small Stage 19, Vancouver
Duration: 6 Minutes
Original Performers: Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin
ONE CONSTANT (2007)
The 605 Collective’s “One Constant” integrates many dance styles to form a fun and fast paced look at six performers being pushed and pulled by time. Even common courtesies are thrown out the window during their preoccupation with the constant force taking over the movement. Combining heavy beats with pounding floorwork, the dancers are forced to rush and ignore each other. They stress and anger, reaching a point of unnecessary conflict.
Premiere Performance: Dancing On The Edge Festival 2007, Vancouver
Duration: 12 Minutes
Original Performers: Jessica Fletcher, Lisa Gelley, Sasha Kozak, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin and Maiko Miyauchi
Music: Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow