Vivarium

Lucy M. May © Nans Bortuzzo

Meditative and cyclic, lo-tech and detailed, Vivarium is a slow-unfolding of sound, movement and gardening. Four artists respond to the location  where they perform. The work values alternative ways of attending to, moving, and being moved through the world. We both displace and cohabit with the human and non-human presences in spaces. Our score takes cues from the drama of a garden, as we contend with our conflicting roles as both fertilizers and colonizers — as artists and gentrifiers. Elements found on site are exploited and tended to, as the audience is invited to slow down and look closer.

Méditation ludique et cyclique, VIVARIUM s’allie à la vie sous-estimée qui persiste partout. Le public visite un chantier créatif sur lequel quatre artistes se penchent vers les riverains, les fourmis, les briques et les pissenlits. Deux danseuses oscillent bras et troncs comme des scarabées ou des héliotropes — elles piétinent, se cachent et se compostent. Un musicien joue des enregistrements réalisés sur le terrain et crée un paysage sonore. Une scénographe réalise un jardin d’objets trouvés. À l’abri de la vitesse, Vivarium colonise et pollinise, engendre et contaminent l’écologie existant.

Co-created and performed by / Création et performance par :

Noémie Avidar (Scenography and installation / Scénographie et installation)
Patrick Conan (Composition and sonic environment / Composition et environnement sonore)
Paige Culley (Movement and costumes / Mouvement et costumes)
Lucy M. May (Movement and costumes / Mouvement et costumes)

Photographers & Videographers: Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Nans Bortuzzo, Emily Gan, Erin Fortier, María A. Múnera, Kevin M. Photographer
Outside eyes: Sasha Kleinplatz, Peter James
Residencies / Support in kind:

Vivarium was created in Montréal, Québec. This island was settled and is still settled. It has many names. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation call it Tiohtiá:ke. We would like to acknowledge the people who have tended to this place since time immemorial—the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg (Algonquin).

Jouer Dehors — La danse sur les routes du Québec
Bête Sauvage
Monument National / La SERRE- arts vivants
Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI)
École nationale de théâtre du Canada
Tangente Danse
Atlantic Ballet Canada

Extra thanks to Luc Pelletier, Erin Fortier, Nathan Yaffe, Stephen Glasgow, Marie-Chantale Desrosiers, and all who contributed to our fundraising campaign:

Caisse Desjardins de la culture
Stephen May
Julie Scriver
Charles & Zipper Scriver
Jean Conan
Nicola Poplawski
Thea Culley
Patrick Leonard
Nancy Bauer
Margaret Boyle
Erin Fortier
Sarah Hansen
Do-Ellen Hansen
Sharon May
Nathalie Senécal
Claire May
Lesandra Dodson
Linda Rabin
Troy Ogilvie
Julia Hansen
Toni Smith
David Rancourt
Lisa-Anne Ross
Alexander MacSween
Jalianne Li
Isabelle Poirier
Dorothea Saykaly
Alejandro de Leon
Andrew Turner
Susanna Hood
Marilène Bastien
Julie Caissie
Claudia Fancello
Louise Birdsell-Bauer
Lindsey Laidlaw
Marnie Pomeroy

Produced by Lucy M. May with the assistance of Bête Sauvage, Noémie Avidar, Paige Culley, and Patrick Conan.
Jouer Dehors 2017 & 2018 | La Danse sur les routes du Québec
Performed at:
Les Salons de l’est / Home Theatre Festival, Hochelaga, Montréal, May 25, 2014
Suoni per il Popolo, Montréal, Québec, École Nationale de théâtre, Montréal, June 14th, 2017
Parcours danse, Edifice Wilder, Montréal, November 28, 2017
Impact Fest, Atlantic Ballet Canada, Moncton, January 19, 2018
Open Studio Series Special Event, Kinetic Studio, Halifax, January 22, 2018
Rewilding, Tangente Danse, Montréal, March 29-30-31, April 1, 2018