Anima / Darkroom


EN // Anima / Darkroom (in creation) uses the analogy of a photographic darkroom and the ontology of the black box to delve deep into Krump’s rich and complex story-telling structures. A street dance originating in Los Angeles in the 90s, Krump is known for highly intense and detailed gesture and raw expression. The dance drastically affects the environments where it comes to life, fusing relationships between people and surroundings. Contemporary dance artist Lucy M. May, pioneer Canadian Krumper 7Starr, lighting designer Jon Cleveland, and composers Patrick Conan and Big Rulez aka God’sHand use the raw material of the theatre to bring the thought and anima of Krump to surfaces and space. Emergent are the human efforts to listen and be heard, to bear witness and be seen.

FR // Anima / Darkroom (en création) utilise l’analogie d’une chambre noire photographique et l’ontologie de la boîte noire pour plonger dans les structures de narration riches et complexes du Krump. Une danse de rue originaire de Los Angeles dans les années 90, elle est connue pour son geste très intense et détaillé et pour son expression brute. Le Krump affecte radicalement les environnements où il se produit, fusionnant les relations entre les personnes et leur environnement. Lucy M. May, artiste issue de la danse contemporaine, 7Starr, pionnier canadien de Krump, Jon Cleveland, concepteur d’éclairage et Patrick Conan et Big Rulez, compositeurs, utilisent la matière première du théâtre pour apporter la pensée et l’anima du Krump aux surfaces et à l’espace. Ce qui en émerge sont les efforts humains pour écouter et être entendus, pour témoigner et être vus.






Fluid Fest, Calgary, AB, November 2-3, 2018 (work-in-progress)
Spark Series FTA, Montréal, QC, June 2, 2019
Première, Montréal, QC, Automne 2019



Review by Thea Patterson of Study for Anima / Darkroom


Concept and Choreography / Concept et chorégraphie : Lucy M. May
Created by / Créée par : Lucy M. May and 7Starr
Performer / Interprète : 7Starr
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)
Artistic advisors / Conseils artistiques : Ellen Furey, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé
Technical direction / Direction technique : Jon Cleveland
Photographer : Elias Touil
Videographers / Vidéastes : Emily Gan, JaKnows, Matt McKinney
A production of / Produit par : Lucy M. May
Created with the generous support of Studio 303, The Third Floor Projects / Usine C, and Danse à la Carte. The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and a technical residency at Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.



7Starr is a Canadian Krump pioneer. He co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada in 2005 and the Montreal Krump Alliance—a non-profit organization that specializes in promoting Krump culture across Canada, and also created Gutta Zone, the first and biggest Krump event in the country. He has been a guest competitor/judge on both national and international platforms such as The International Illest Battle in Paris, The ARK in Las Vegas, European Buck Session in Germany, The Phitted Talk in the USA, and Royal Rumble in Switzerland. He has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Moment Factory, also appearing on TV and in movies. 7Starr is recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity organizations, and community centres. In 2017, he received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award from the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding artistic achievement.

Ellen Furey is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her most recent solo work, Performing Performance, has been presented in NYC, Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax, and will be presented as a part of Hatch 13 at Harbourfront Center, Toronto in Fall 2017. She is currently working on a new co-creation with choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe (USA/UK), which will premiere at Théâtre La Chapelle (Montreal) and Hackney Showroom (London, UK) in Spring 2018. She has appeared in works by Daniel Léveillé Danse, Frédérick Gravel, Marten Spangberg, Susanna Hood, Dana Gingras, and she regularly collaborates with independant artists including Dana Michel, Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes, Amanda Acorn, Simon Portigal, and many others. She was a company member at Dancemakers (Michael Trent, Benjamin Kamino, Emi Forster, Amelia Ehrhardt) in Toronto from 2012-15, and was a DanceWeb scholar at Impulstanz Festival, Vienna in 2014.

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 Nathan Yaffe’s Dunno Wat U Kno (2017); a research project by Sarah-Ève Grant; and Vivarium (2014/2017), an ongoing collaborative project with Lucy M. May, performed at Suoni per il popolo in 2017, and will tour the Maritimes and be presented at Tangente in 2018. Patrick has played as a musician in numerous projects and toured Canada, the United States, and Europe. Notable acts include Tricky Woo, Sackville, The Carnations, Valleys, The Harbourcoats, and Molly Sweeney. Current projects include Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush and Traces. His compositions use MaxMSP, field recordings, and found sounds. He completed his studies at Vanier College in Montréal.

Jon Cleveland is a Montreal based Lighting designer/Visual Artist. He has designed for dance and theatre companies like Rustwerk ReFinery, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Cabal, Parts and Labour, Segal Centre for the Arts and others. His recent work on Tragic Queens with Cabal was nominated for a 2017 META for Outstanding Lighting Design.

Vibrating to the sounds of Hip Hop, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé’s love for street dance began at a very young age. For the past ten years, Hip Hop culture has been at the forefront of her work. Spicey has been teaching Hip Hop dance for almost 20 years in some of the most reputable establishments of Quebec. She is one of the most respected street dance choreographers in Canada and is a specialist in her domain. To help with her mission she founded Bust A Move competition presented at la Tohu every year in Montreal. Bust A Move Festival has become a leader in its genre in Canada. In 2015, Spicey founded Ebnflōh Dance Company, and has built a language that reflects her vision of dance and surrounds herself with peers who inspire her.

Big Rulez aka God’sHand (Marion Arinloye) is a France-based creative professional with more than seven years of experience in music composition, recording, mixing and editing in several music genres.