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Dance Performance
Friday, July 3 at 1:00 p.m. - Duration of 30 minutes.
La Biosphère - Musée de l'environnement / Environnement Canada
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As part of the 10th anniversary of MUTEK, the Goethe-Institut Montréal and the Biosphère present AUTO-FICTION, a dance performance produced by LabFoundation and created by Human Playground.

Cars are everywhere. It is impossible not to see, hear or feel them… How do we live with these machines that possess as many advantages as drawbacks? How do we manage their omnipresence? How do we share space in city environments? What is our intimate story with cars? Milan Gervais, Andrew Turner (Montréal) and Christine Joy Ritter of Berlin Gogo (Germany) answer these questions in the form of an auto-fiction. It both takes the shape of a tragic accident or that of a peaceful road trip. Set in a public space, a car becomes a gathering point for the performers. A true urban activism event, AUTO-FICTION conveys a simple message: we must rethink our relationship with cars and re-examine the place that cars hold in city environments. Presented as part of the MUTEK electronic music festival, the performance marries contemporary dance and…a car… and was piloted by the Goethe-Institut within the framework of its Language of your Environment environmental campaign.

Milan Gervais – Artistic Director and Choreographer, Human Playground Since completing her studies in contemporary dance at Concordia University, Milan Gervais has participated in numerous projects as a dancer and choreographer. She is a member of the dance improv group, les Imprudanses. Her last creation, 37, was presented at Tangente during the Danses Buissonnières event, a platform for young choreographers. She also presented in situ performances on St-Denis Street sidewalks during the Festival Transatlantique (2008).

Christine Joy Ritter – Dancer, Berlin Gogo After finishing her studies at the renowned Palucca Schule dance school in Dresden (Germany) where she received the Esther-Arnold-Seligman Grant, Christine Joy Ritter worked as a freelance dancer with various choreographers including Heike Hennig, Anja Kozik, Christoph Winkler and Constanza Macras. She has been studying hip hop and break dance for the past three years. She regularly participates in “battles” in Germany.

Andrew Turner – Dancer Since completing his studies in contemporary dance at Concordia University, Andrew Turner has worked with numerous choreographers, including Hinda Essadiqi, Pierre-Paul Savoie (PPS Danse) and Sasha Kleinplatz. Andrew Turner also produces his own works. His piece Duet for One Plus Digressions was presented at Tangente, the Festival Transatlantique and Vues sur la relève. This spring, Andrew is touring in France and Belgium.

David Drury – Composer David Drury studied electroacoustic composition at Concordia University. Since 2006, he has worked in Montréal as a composer and sound designer with artists in various disciplines, including Wajdi Mouawad, Marie Brassard, Mark Morgenstern and Chantal Dumas.

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