Out of Bark and Bone / 2020 / 50 MINUTES (work in progress)
Work in progress
Out of Bark and Bone goes back to the essential vital forces that define our humanity and give shape to who we are fundamentally, beyond divisions, affiliations, ethnic groups and cultural identities. Voice, breath and rhythm constitute the canvas of the piece. The constant fleeting interactions between humans, locked up in themselves, bouncing within the limits of their own breath, encircled by others, trying to escape, are driven by the essential need to continually outgrow and emancipate from what was there before, individually or as a group.
Two musicians accompany six dancers on stage in this piece, created by the choreographer Roger Sinha in collaboration with the composer Katia Makdissi-Warren and the dancers. The perpetual inner rhythms of the bodies resonate with the deep sound of the didgeridoo and the steady beat of the drums in an effort to strip out the inessential. Humans and instruments communicate, sustained by the breath. Almost otherworldly throat sounds, coming from the depths of bodies, heavy with ancestry, get intertwined with the rhythmic projection of the human speech, fused within in the constant circular tones of the didgeridoo.
About the creators
ChoreographerRoger Sinha was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father. Roger grew up in Canada where he graduated from the Toronto Dance Theatre, drawing inspiration from his cultural background to develop his unique language of movement and personal choreography. He draws his vocabulary from contemporary dance, martial arts, ballet with subtle hints of Barata-Natyam, Indian dance. “Sinha is a creative powerhouse whose onstage presence is as generous as it is captivating”- Voir, 1995. See full biography
ComposerKatia specialized in composition at conservatories in Quebec City and Hamburg, before traveling to Beirut to study Arabic and Syrian music. She has also attended courses given by Franco Donatoni, Ennio Morricone, Manfred Stahnke and Father Louis Hage.
Her compositions have been performed by leading instrumentalists such as Sergio Puccini and Marcel Khalife in countries across the world, including France, Germany, Argentina and Spain.
Katia is the founder and artistic director of OktoEcho (www. oktoecho.com): a musical ensemble that specializes in fusing Middle Eastern and Western styles. She also works as a composer for a number of music companies, theater and dance troupes, and documentary filmmakers. Read the full bio
Choreographer / ROGER SINHA / Dancers / DAVID CAMPBELL, SÉBASTIEN COSSETTE-MASSE, MARIE-ÈVE LAFONTAINE, BENOIT LEDUC, ERIN O’LOUGHLIN, FRANÇOIS RICHARD, CITLALI GERMÉ-TREVINO / Rehearsal Director / ANNIK HAMEL / Musicians / BERTIL SCHULRABE, percussions and ROGER SINHA, didgeridoo / Original music / KATIA MAKDISSI-WARREN and excerpts from OtkoEcho’s Saimaniq album / Musical conception and editing / ROGER SINHA and KATIA MAKDISSI-WARREN / Voices on soundtrack / LYDIA ETOK and NINA SEGALOWITZ, Katajak (Inuit throat singing) / Voice coach / HÉLÈNE MARTEL / Costume designer / LYNE BEAULIEU / Lighting designer / Stéphane Ménigot Technical director / Jacques Pilon
Our thanks go out to Véronique Giasson, Mark Medrano and the dancers for their artistic contribution, Tony Chong for the dance research and Charles Koroneho for his artistic advice.
OUT OF BARK AND BONE WAS PART OF THE IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT CENTRE DE CRÉATION O VERTIGO IN MARCH 2018, AND AT THE MAISON DE LA CULTURE NOTRE-DAME-DE-GRÂCE, SALLE IRO, IN SEPTEMBER 2019.