With its celestial bodies launched into orbit, vibrating in a lustful and hypnotic ritual, Dog Rising mirrors the life cycle, the dynamic flow of matter. From primitive impulses to gestures that are at times sexual, at times mechanical, Clara Furey’s new creation comes together like a polyphony of pulsating bodies, in turns dissonant and in unison. The choreographer pursues her exploration of physical phenomena, initiated with Cosmic Love. She turns her attention to the way sound vibrations penetrate the bones, the way our skeletons absorb shocks, and listens closely to the presence of the body as it fully manifests itself.
As a point of departure for her physical research, Furey looked at bone conduction, a way of hearing sound as it resonates in a spiral trajectory through the bones. She prefers to imagine that the vibrating shocks strengthen rather than break us. Rather than dramatize the shock, so that we experience it on an emotional level, she frames it as something our skeleton needs to survive. Dog Rising opens the door to a spontaneous pleasure, its pulsations and shocks causing our emotions to fluctuate like waves. The piece revolves around neither narrative nor drama but pure sensation.
We sense the energy build like musical instruments that come in one by one. This piece is musical and plays with synchronization, dissonance, and friction. Notions of persistence and pleasure provoke all sorts of questions: how does our personal machine function and how can it regenerate itself? How can we replenish our resources rather than exhaust them? How can we generate energy ourselves and rely on each other so that it comes back to us? The idea of renewal is central to the work, energy deployed to edify, in pleasure rather than in suffering. Our resources need not be exhausted if they are used in the right way.
Furey is interested in the notion of therapy and care in art. She dances to learn to listen in a particular way, not just socially but also to what the body has to say, its lived experience. Aware that we can’t know what is in our blind spots, she seeks to capture the skeleton’s vibrations, its ultrasounds, in a sort of sonogram that allows us to see bones with sound, to see in the dark in order to discover another way of seeing.
On stage with Winnie Ho and Be Heintzman Hope, Furey erects an architecture of pleasure. The trio is inhabited and nourished by empathy and acute attention to the energy of the body and to others. Through their tireless movement work, tensions are released in the endless repetition of cyclical gestures. Dog Rising invites us to embark on an extreme journey, a mesmerising, haunting, and penetrating spiral. It is an invitation to grow and regenerate physical strength through shocks and discomfort sublimated into joy, with a musical score by her loyal collaborator Tomas Furey.
Concept and artistic direction: Clara Furey
Choreographed by: Clara Furey in association with Be Heintzman Hope, Winnie Ho
Performed by: Clara Furey, Be Heintzman Hope, Winnie Ho
Research performer and assistant: Brian Mendez
Rehearsal: Lucie Vigneault
Musical composition: Tomas Furey
Technical director and lighting design: Karine Gauthier
Words by: Coral Short
Outside eye: Peter Jasko, Dana Michel, Christopher Willes, Caroline Monnet
International development: A Propic – Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent
Produced by: Clara Furey
Executive producer: Par B.L.eux
Co-produced by: Atelier de Paris – CDCN (France), CD Spectacles (Gaspé, Canada), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – Direction Maud le Pladec (France), Festival TransAmériques (Montréal, Canada), La Briqueterie – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National du Val-de-Marne (Vitry-sur-Seine, France), La Rotonde (Québec, Canada)
Partners and support for creation: Par B.L.eux (Montréal, Canada), L’Écart – Art Actuel (Rouyn-Noranda, Canada), Danse à la Carte (Montréal, Canada)
The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal
Premiere presented on May 26, 2021 at the Espace Danse of the Wilder Building as part of the Festival TransAmériques program.