Anima / Darkroom

EN // On a mission to breach the singular self, Anima / Darkroom pitches towards a trans-personal catharsis with both vulnerability and brute force. Hosted in the belly of the theatre, this Krump solo feeds a hunger for communion. The celebrated krump artist 7Starr, performs in dialogue with light, silence, noise, and darkness, freestyling with his raw lexicon. He forges into dark places, carrying us across the gaps that seem to separate us. A groundbreaking work that catalyzes Contemporary dance and Krump practices in a bid for emotional reciprocity. The effort to listen and be heard, to bear witness and be seen, reverberate in an imperfect harmony. Do you see me?

FR // Ayant pour mission de percer le moi singulier, Anima / Darkroom se lance vers une catharsis trans-personnelle avec à la fois vulnérabilité et force brute. Accueilli dans le ventre du théâtre, ce solo de Krump assouvit une soif de communion. 7Starr, artiste de Krump renommé, dialogue avec la lumière, le silence, le bruit et l’obscurité, en libre jeu avec son lexique. Il s’enfonce dans des lieux sombres, nous entraînant au-delà des brèches qui semblent nous séparer. Une œuvre inédite qui catalyse les pratiques de la danse Contemporaine et de Krump dans une tentative de réciprocité émotionnelle. L’effort d’écouter et d’être entendu, de témoigner et d’être vu, se répercute dans une harmonie imparfaite. Me vois-tu ?


Montréal, 2021

CAM en Tournée, Montréal 2021

Laval, 2021


Caravane solos, Cité d’art de Charlevoix, La Malbaie. 19 août au 6 septembre, 2020 (Excerpt 10 min)

Festival TransAmériques, Montréal, May 22-23, 26-27, 2020 (60 min) – cancelled due to Covid-19

Breakin’ Convention, London, UK, May 2-3, 2020 (35 min) – cancelled due to Covid-19

World Première, La Chapelle & Gutta Zone, Montréal, Sept. 26-27-30 + Oct 1, 2019 (60 min)

SPARK Series, Montréal, June 2, 2019 (Excerpt , 30 min)

ELAN Québec, Théâtre Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, Nov 14, 2019 (Excerpt , 3 min)

Centre d’art Diane Dufresne, Repentigny, April 4, 2019 (Excerpt , 20 min)

New Dance Horizons, Regina, Nov. 7, 2018 (Video excerpt, 7 min)

Fluid Fest, Calgary, November 2-3, 2018 (Study for Anima / Darkroom, 38 min)


« Un cri du cœur pour être entendu » — Journal de Montréal

“[A] unique emotional experience that cannot adequately be put into words, fittingly portrayed through the unparalleled power of dance.” — Montreal Theatre Hub

“[E]very last detail is granted a purpose, everything is coordinated and put to good use.” — Montreal Theatre Hub

“[A] non-narrative collection of snapshots into a life of infinite complexity; there is a darkness to it, a violence even, but also something uplifting, a gentle kind of empowerment.” — Montreal Theatre Hub

“The performer is endlessly engaging, in speech and in silence, in movement and in stillness, and even in absence. This is a chance to witness something truly special.” — Montreal Theatre Hub

« …un moment dansé d’une puissance rare. » — VOIR

« …le corps du danseur se fait réceptacle d’une tension, l’air se fait électrique. Pendant l’heure qui suit, on assite à un dialogue constant. Entre deux disciplines, entre deux états. » — VOIR

« Ce seul être laisse transparaître une palette de vécus, et on se voit transporté entre les extrêmes. Dans ce spectre d’expressions, l’humour et le grotesque se manifestent dans un jeu corporel et facial impressionnant, avec l’aboutissement aux antipodes: l’agressivité et la vulnérabilité. » — VOIR

« C’est comme donner à voir son âme dans «cette boîte noire», dans ce va-et-vient entre obscurité et lumière qui dévoile et cache en même temps. » — VOIR

“Compassion, excellence and transformative art is at play in this work. […] 7Starr […] is an extraordinary performer, shapeshifter of excellence, a master of his craft. Lucy M. May has created the perfect frame in which to gather our focus, to honour and illuminate this unique genius. All of the collaborators are much to be congratulated for their seamless and radiant contributions. The audience tumbles into a world of raw honest strength and compassion. One finds oneself held by revealed truth and in awe of human experience. It is storytelling of authenticity and power. The work resonates and remains with me, and still has me marveling weeks later.” — Margie Gillis


A production of / Un spectacle de : Lucy M. May

Choreographed by / Chorégraphie par : Lucy M. May & 7Starr

Performer / Interprète : 7Starr

Concept and Direction / Concept et direction : Lucy M. May

Lighting Design / Conception d’éclairages : Jon Cleveland

Sound Design / Conception sonore : Patrick Conan

Original Musics / Musiques originaux : Patrick Conan & Big Rulez aka God’sHand (Marion Arinloye)

Costume Design / Conception de costumes : Frederique “Pax” Dumas

Artistic advisors / Conseils artistiques : Ellen Furey, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé

Outside eye / Oeil extérieur : Valérie “Taminator” Chartier, Nindy Banks, Etienne Lou

Technical direction / Direction technique : Jon Cleveland

Rehearsal assistant and Stage support / Assistance aux répétitions et sur scène : Mathilde Mercier-Beloin

Mentorship / Mentor : Ola Maciejewska

Voice coach / Coaching vocal : Etienne Lou

Sound consultant / Consultant sono : Guillaume Côté

Voices / Voix : Goof, Ja James Britton Johnson, Shean Elie-Leconte AKA Shany Boubou HeavySoul, Tommy “Sin’cere” Nuguid

Communications Assistance communications : Andréanne Samson

Administrative Assistance administrative : Margarita Herrara-Dominguez

Photographer / Photographe : Elias Touil, Do Phan Hoi, Tommy “Sin’cere” Nuguid

Videographers / Vidéastes : Matt McKinney, JaKnows, Emily Gan, Matt Maaskant, Kinga Michalska, Kimura Byol

Video editing / Montage : Eduardo Menz

World Premiere / Première mondiale: La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Montréal, le 26 septembre 2019

Partners (EN)

Anima / Darkroom benefitted from a technical residency at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, Maison des Arts de Laval, and at La Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, member of the Accès culture network. Created in residence and with the generous support of Studio 303, le Centre d’art Diane Dufresne in collaboration with Diffusion Hector-Charland, The Third Floor Projects / Usine C, Danse à la Carte and Studio Illest Drive. The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Partenaires (FR)

Anima / Darkroom a bénéficié de résidences techniques à La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, Maison des Arts de Laval et à La Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, qui est membre du réseau Accès culture. L’oeuvre a été créée en résidence au Studio 303, au Centre d’art Diane Dufresne en collaboration avec Diffusion Hector-Charland, aux Projets du 3e / Usine C et à Danse à la Carte. Merci Studio Illest Drive. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil d’art du Canada de leur soutien.



Vladimir “7Starr” Laurore is a pioneer of the Canadian Krump scene. In 2005, he co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, Bzerk Squad. 7Starr is also the creator of Gutta Zone, the first and biggest major Krump festival in the country. He has been a guest competitor/judge on both national and international platforms in major competitions such as The International Illest Battle in Paris, European Buck Session in Germany, The Phitted Talk in the USA and Royal Rumble in Switzerland, to name a few. He has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Moment Factory among others, not to mention his TV and movie appearances and several performances. 7Starr is also recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity organizations, and community centers. Currently, he is president of the Montreal Krump Alliance, a non-profit organization that specializes in promoting Krump culture across Canada. In 2017, he received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award given by the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian artists. In 2019, he has embarked on a collaboration with emerging contemporary choreographer, Lucy M. May for Anima / Darkroom, an hour-long solo performance.

Jon Cleveland is a Montreal-based Lighting Designer/Visual Artist. Working in theatre and dance he has worked with The Segal Centre for The Arts, The National Arts Centre, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Tangente, Cabal Theatre, Scapegoat Carinivale, Susanna Hood, Lucy M. May, Rabbit in the Hat, Malik Nashad Shapre, and Kim-Sanh Chau among others. His design for Tragic Queens with Cabal Theatre was nominated for a 2017 META award for outstanding lighting design. When not designing, he Tours as TD and head of lighting with the Tashme Project and Lara Kramer on tours around Canada, Europe, and the South Pacific.

Montréal-born Patrick Conan is a drummer and percussionist who has been playing music professionally for more than 20 years. Since 2013, he has composed music for Contemporary dance works including The Johnsons, Dunno Wat U Kno, and Earthling by Nate Yaffe, Sarah- Ève Grant-Lefebvre’s research project Danse ta vie, and Vivarium and Anima / Darkroom with longtime collaborator Lucy M. May. Patrick has played as a musician in numerous projects and toured Canada, the United States, and Europe. Notable past acts include Tricky Woo, Sackville, The Carnations, Valleys, The Harbourcoats, Molly Sweeney, Traces, and Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush. His compositions use software manipulation, field recordings, and found sounds. He completed his studies in Classical percussion at Vanier College in Montréal.
COMPOSITIONS – Big Rulez aka God’s Hand (Marion Arinloye) is a France-based creative professional with 10+ years experience in visual marketing & music composition, with an Audio Engineering Certificate from Saint-Denis Lycée Suger. His music production, beat-making, and audio engineering and sound design has been used in television and theatre/live-stage productions. He has worked with Compagnie Makiato, the Madrootz Association and with upcoming artists. A Krump dancer himself, he has released over 25 albums as Big Rulez.

PAX is a multidisciplinary performing artist and creator. She has been an innovator of the hip hop dance community . She is a fashion artist and magazine designer . She is the founder of A.MUSE, a cross media production company whose mission is to showcase culture and art. She is continuously committed to education and community building, focused on creating platforms for self-expression.

Available for touring 2021-2022 season.
Performance respects Covid-19 sanitary measures.

Disponible dans la saison 2021-2022.
Ce spectacle qui respecte les mésures sanitaires Covid-19.

Performers / Interprètes : 1 onstage / sur scène + 2 backstage / arrière-scène

Length / Durée : 60 min. Without intermission / Sans entracte

Spectators / Gauge : 50-300

Languages / Langues : English and/or French ; anglais et/ou français