Vivarium

Lucy M. May © Nans Bortuzzo

 

Meditative and cyclic, lo-tech and detailed, Vivarium is a slow-unfolding of sound, movement and gardening — a cohabitation of lives persisting in overlooked environments. Visitors enter an unusual location as it is occupied and transformed by the performers. They bend to resident matter and beings. Paige Culley and Lucy M. May nudge at the boundaries of the site, whispering, unfolding and composting hidden spaces with their postures and queer dances. They oscillate their limbs and torsos like heliotropic plants, metamorphic Coleoptera, or waggling bees. Patrick Conan composes live with digital and acoustic instruments, playing field recordings and oscillating tones. He envelopes the space in a subtle sonic bubble. Scenographer Noémie Avidar creates a pop-up garden from found-objects, magnifying what is easily ignored. The materials she brings colonise and fertilize the ground. She exploits elements found on site. 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.

Created and performed by:
Lucy M. May   –   Artistic Direction, Costume Design, Movement
Noémie Avidar   –   Scenography & Installation
Paige Culley   –   Movement, Costume Design
Patrick Conan   –   Sound Design
Photographers & Videographers: Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Nans Bortuzzo, Emily Gan, Erin Fortier, María A. Múnera
Outside eyes: Sasha Kleinplatz, Peter James
Vivarium was created with the support of La danse sur les routes du Québec / Jouer Dehors 2017 & 2018, Monument National / LA SERRE — arts vivants, M-A-I (Montreal Art Interculturels), École nationale de théâtre du Canada, and Bête Sauvage.
Extra thanks to Erin Fortier, Nathan Yaffe, Stephen Glasgow, Marie-Chantale Desrosiers.
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, June 14th, 2017