Polymorphic Microbe Bodies
Polymorphic Microbe Bodies is a dance work that explores the microbial worlds of the body, created and performed by Hanna Sybille Müller and Erin Robinsong, in collaboration with musician Jory Strachan, dancers Kelly Keenan and Lara Oundjian, biologist Merlin Sheldrake and outside eye Adam Kinner. Rooted in somatics, we work with an extended idea of choreography where the dance is perceived mainly through language, sound, smell and taste. This multisensory piece guides the audience on a microbial experience of their own bodies, the over fifty percent of us that is not human but microbial: bacteria, viruses, fungi and archea. What does it mean to be a multispecies community? Polymorphic Microbe Bodies is a work that invites audiences into the communities in their bodies, and their bodies in community.
This is a story about your body. Microbes are migrating between your body and the building, your body and the soil, your body and the water. Which means that you are everywhere. Where does your body start, where does it end?
About the artists
Hanna Sybille Müller is a choreographer, dancer and dramaturge living in Montréal. Her main focus is language, movement and its interrelations. Recent works include revolutions (2018) and transposition (2016). As a choreographer, she has collaborated with Andréa de Keijzer, Erin Robinsong and Eva Meyer-Keller, among others. She develops an ongoing social choreography called Soup-text Series and is busy with two new creations the Polymorphic Microbe Bodies in collaboration with Erin Robinsong and The Choreographic Garden. She studied dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (RDA) and received a diploma in media studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in 2012.
Erin Robinsong is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with ecological imagination. Her debut collection of poetry, Rag Cosmology, won the 2017 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and was described in the Globe & Mail as “an intimacy of ecological identities as wild, sensual and rhythmic as the cosmos.” Her work has been published in Forging, Effects, Lemon Hound, Vallum, The Capilano Review, and Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry, among others. Collaborative performance works with Hanna Sybille Müller and Andréa de Keijzer include This ritual is not an accident; Facing away from that which is coming; revolutions; and Polymorphic Microbe Bodies (forthcoming 2020). Originally from Cortes Island, Erin lives in Montréal.
January 27 • February 1, 2020
Free for all members of the MAJ | Free for visiting non-members with an entrance ticket
Saturday, February 1 •
Performance during the vernissage
Free and open to all!
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© Hanna Sybille Müller et Erin Robinsong, Polymorphic Microbe Bodies. Photo: Emily Gan