A northern epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad, exorcising the demons and undercurrents of violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples.
Fierce and visceral, Windigo resonates like a scream, the vibrant echo of a long history of hu-man ransacking and destruction, a violation of a land and its culture. Returning to her grand-mother’s home in the Lac Seul Reserve in northwestern Ontario, the Canadian choreographer of mixed Oji-cree and settler heritage Lara Kramer confronts a latent war lurking under the sur-face. A northern epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad, Windigo exorcises the demons and undercurrents of the violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples.
Overlapped mattresses slashed, ripped open by a knife, mutilated. A mishmash of resurrected objects, a breath of life in death. A no man’s land of destruction where Peter James and Jassem Hindi form a duo of wandering vagabonds, killing time and boredom, spewing out and subli-mating their pain. A contemporary ceremonial, the piece plays with strong symbols, powerful metamorphoses and intense emotion, sowing the seeds of hope in the midst of overwhelming devastation.
Coproduced by Festival TransAmériques + CanDance Creation Fund + National Arts Center (Ottawa) + Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montréal) + Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver) + Usine C (Montreal)
With the support of The Cole Foundation
Technical residencies Usine C + Centre de Création O Vertigo
Presented in association with MAI + Espace Libre, Premiered at the Festival TransAmeriques
Produced by Lara Kramer Danse
Choreography, Set, Sound and Costume Design Lara Kramer
Created with and perfomed by Jassem Hindi + Peter James
Sound Editing Lara Kramer + Marc Meriläinen
Outside Eyes Ida Baptiste, Stefan Petersen + Jacob Wren
Lighting Design Paul Chambers
Technical Director Jon Cleveland
Lara Kramer Danse (LKD) is a Montreal-based dance company. Founded in 2012, the mandate of Lara Kramer Danse is to support Lara Kramer in her creation and production of professional quality performance and choreography as well as to nurture her artistic voice and practice.
Kramer's works are carved with theatricality based vocabulary and rooted in her Indigenous heritage. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer's work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. The company has been invited to perform at festivals in across Canada and internationally in New Zealand, Greenland, Australia and Martinique.