People We’ll Never Meet: A dance on the topic of strangers

Eiden: Eidos                 See: Know

Hail, Mary, Jean-Luc Godard’s film about the immaculate conception was banned by the Vatican because it imagined what it might have been like to be Mary. I saw a woman lay her head over the streetcar tracks. We spy on strangers. Bodies leaping from windows look beautiful in flight. When the space between two bodies closes, intimacy or violence results. That boy loves his dog. We are uncertain.

People We’ll Never Meet asks the question: Can you love a stranger? As dancers, we have researched human beings by paying attention to them in fleeting moments of longing and interest. We cannot really show you these people. Even though we have danced for them in secular prayers, written a lexicon of gesture because of and maybe for them, we do not know them. “Other” is a big word but we do believe that the world is still small. So, here are shadowy impressions of flesh and contradiction, desire and repulsion, danger and tenderness. Here are mundane miracles and beautiful disaster. Here are people we’ll never meet.

Three dance pieces. One hour.

Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2.

8 pm Friday and Saturday, $10. 2 pm Sunday, PWYC.

The Robert Gill Theatre

Choreography by Jenn Cole and Sophia Cooper.

Brought to you by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

 

 

About the author

Jenn Cole

Jenn Cole is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She is also a visual artist, choreographer, and dancer living in Peterborough and Toronto, Ontario.

By Jenn Cole