Anima / Darkroom

Performers on stage: 1
Performers backstage: 3
Length : 60 min

EN // Performed by award-winning Krump dancer 7Starr, Anima / Darkroom deep-dives into the gap between loneliness and communion. The raw lexicon of the Los Angeles-born street dance is in dialogue with an alphabet of light, silence, noise and darkness. Known for its unequivocal speed of expression, the style’s essential materials stretch across new scores in this collaboration. Bereavement’s dull-sharp feeling underwrites Lucy M. May’s choreography. Its scaffolding upholds the soloist’s lucid freestyle. With light designs by Jon Cleveland, music by Patrick Conan and veteran Krump beat-maker Big Rulez, the effort to listen and be heard, to bear witness and be seen reverberate. Do you see me?

FR // Interprété par le danseur primé du Krump, 7Starr, Anima / Darkroom se plonge dans le fossé entre solitude et communion. Dans ce solo, le lexique brut de cette danse de rue née à Los Angeles est en dialogue avec un alphabet de lumière, silence, bruit et noirceur. Reconnu pour sa rapidité d’expression sans équivoque, les matériaux essentiels du Krump s’étendent dans cette collaboration sur des nouvelles partitions. Le sentiment terne et tranchant du deuil souscrit la chorégraphie de Lucy M. May. Son échafaudage soutient le freestyle lucide du soliste. Avec des conceptions d’éclairages par Jon Cleveland, musiques de Patrick Conan et du vétéran du Krump Big Rulez, l’effort pour écouter et être entendu, pour témoigner et être vu résonnent. Me vois-tu?


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)
Available for touring as of November 2019


Review by Thea Patterson of Study for Anima / Darkroom

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 marvelling weeks later.

~ Margie Gillis


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
Costume Design / Conception de costumes : Frederique “Pax” Dumas
Original Musics / Musiques originaux : Patrick Conan & Big Rulez aka God’sHand (Marion Arinloye)
Artistic advisors / Conseils artistiques : Ellen Furey, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé
Outside eye / Oeil extérieur : Valérie “Taminator” Chartier
Technical direction / Direction technique : Jon Cleveland
A production of / Produit par : Lucy M. May
Dedicated to the memory of Sammono Chau.
Partners (EN)
Anima / Darkroom benefitted from a technical residency at Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV 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, 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. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Partenaires (FR)
Anima / Darkroom a bénéficié de résidences techniques au Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV 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, aux Projets du 3e / Usine C et à Danse à la Carte. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et le Conseil d’art du Canada de leur soutien.


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.