In this new body of work, visual artist and choreographer Adam Kinner revisits Suite canadienne by Ludmilla Chiriaeff by delving into archival material and working with dancers to create a new performance based on these documents. Originally choreographed in 1957, Suite canadienne played an important role in Chiriaeff’s project to establish a ballet program in Québec, presenting it as if it grew naturally out of local folk-dance traditions. Into original documentation of the dance Kinner also weaves a series of photographs that depict Chiriaeff demonstrating ballet to a group of young male orphans.
By re-performing that cultural moment today, and rethinking the resonance that Chiriaeff’s work still has, Kinner invites us to look at Québec’s history through another lens.
Coming from different disciplinary and training backgrounds, the dancers compose a heterogeneous group that uses intentional misreading and hypnotism to approach the original work. Alongside the performance will be an exhibition of documents, photos and videos. Together, the performance and documents invite a dialogue that crosses disciplinary boundaries and reflects on the relations between dance and visual arts, the body and history, the individual and the nation.
Don’t miss a performance by Adam Kinner and five dancers on the vernissage (Feb 2, 2019 – at 4pm).
Image in the banner:
© Adam Kinner, Suite canadienne (2015), 2015.
Credit: Emily Gan
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Adam Kinner (Washington, D.C., 1984) is an artist living and working in Montreal. Having trained in music, he now makes work on the thresholds of performance, sound and visual arts, working collaboratively with artists from dance and music. Recent projects include an exhibition at Artexte that wove together national and personal performance histories, sound works, and readings; a performance with 8 saxophonists for the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides; and a research-performance project for OFFTA in Montreal. He has presented work at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, SBC Gallery, Galerie d’UQAM, Musée McCord as well as at Usine C, Tangente, Studio 303 and Innovations en Concert. His work has been shown abroad in the UK, USA, France and Belgium. In the summer of 2017, Kinner was a fellow at Vila Sul in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. He holds degrees from McGill University and Concordia University and is currently completing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.