plastic orchid factory
entre chien et loup [between dog and wolf] | plastic orchid factory
Firehall Arts Centre Theatre
Duration: 55 mins
entre chien et loup [between dog and wolf] is an expression from old French commonly used to describe a time of day when the light is so dim you can’t distinguish a dog from a wolf. Twilight, dawn, dusk. The gloaming. In that time between the dog and the wolf, we might feel deceived by our eyes, caught somewhere between comfort and fear, between what is real and unreal. It is a time of transformation, “the hour in which every being becomes their own shadow, and thus something other than themselves. The hour of metamorphoses, when people half hope, half fear that a dog will become a wolf.” (Barbara Bray, from the translation of Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love).
An alumnus of the National Ballet School of Canada, since 1998 James Gnam has worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet BC, EDAM dance, Grand Poney and MAYDAY. He has had the pleasure of creating, collaborating, and performing in works by Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Peter Bingham, Thomas Lehman, Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Barak Marshall, and Mélanie Demers. James is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory and a founding member of Vancouver’s only artist-run dance centre, Left of Main. As the director of plastic orchid factory he takes a collaborative approach, creating interdisciplinary works focusing on the body as a site of social commentary.