Anima / Darkroom

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

FR // Présenté dans le ventre du théâtre, Anima / Darkroom est un solo qui étanche notre soif de communion. Un artiste de Krump performe en dialogue avec la lumière, le silence, le bruit et l’obscurité, en freestyle avec le lexique brut de cette danse de rue. Cette pièce de 60 minutes catalyse les pratiques de la danse contemporaine et du Krump dans une tentative de réciprocité émotionnelle. Anima / Darkroom, qui a pour mission de percer le soi singulier, vise une catharsis trans-personnelle avec vulnérabilité et force brute. En nous entraînant à travers les lacunes qui semblent nous séparer, l’artiste se faufile dans des endroits sombres. L’effort d’écouter et d’être entendu, de témoigner et d’être vu, résonne en une harmonie imparfaite. Me vois-tu?


Caravane solos, Cité d’art de Charlevoix, La Malbaie. 19 août au 6 septembre, 2020.


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

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
Technical direction / Direction technique : Jon Cleveland
Stage support / Support sur scène : TBC
Mentorship / Mentor : Ola Maciejewska
Voice coach / Coaching vocal : Etienne Lou
Sound consultant / Consultant sono : Guillaume Côté
Voices / Voix : Goof, Ja James Britton Johnson, Shanyça Elie-Leconte AKA Shany Boubou HeavySoul, Tommy “Sin’cere” Nuguid
Communications Assistance communications : Daniela Luz Machado & Pénélope Gromko
Administrative Assistance administrative : Margarita Herrara
Photographer / Photographe : Elias Touil, Do Phan Hoi, Tommy “Sin’cere” Nuguid, JaKnows
Videographers / Vidéastes : Matt McKinney, JaKnows, Emily Gan, Matt Maaskant, Kinga Michalska, Kimura Byol
Video editing / Montage : Eduardo Menz
A production of / Produit par : Lucy M. May
Anima / Darkroom is dedicated to the memory of Sammono Chau.
Partners (EN)
Anima / Darkroom benefitted from a technical residency at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, 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, 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 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. 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.

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 Earthling (2019) and 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. 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 Pacifc.

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.

Available for touring.

Choreography : Lucy M. May & 7Starr
Artistic Direction : Lucy M. May
Performer : 7Starr
Creation : 2019
Performers: 1 dancer onstage + 2 artists backstage
Length : 60 min