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605 Collective remounts Inheritor Album as part of the PuSh Festival

photo by David Cooper

Presented by the PuSh Festival, 605 Collective brings their high energy, urban-infused version of their hit Inheritor Album to the Scotiabank Dance Centre January 30 to February 2. Though the venue is reduced in size from previous performances, the dance remains the same as does  the integrated film/ animation projections created by award-winning visual artist Miwa Matreyek.

”We needed to find a way to make it seem big in a smaller space,“ said Josh Martin, one of the core artists along with Lisa Gelley  of 605 Collective.”We are preserving the fit and feel. “

A collection of short pieces that the group calls “tracks”, set to an atmospheric electronic score by Kristen Roos, comprise the group's “album”.

Martin explained the music metaphor used in the piece:

“Like an album that has different tracks yet stays consistent within a theme, Inheritor Album includes short works that fit together. We allow the separation (of each piece) to exist but the whole work is cohesive in the end.”

Premiering in 2012 at the Dancing on the Edge Festival, the level of fresh choreographic invention, sheer physical audacity, and meaningful yet accessible movement metaphor of Inheritor Album, pushed the group to a new level.  Since then, they have become one of Canada’s hot companies to watch.

Experiencing a 605 Collective piece, you can see how collaborative the work is. Thankfully, all the members are some of Vancouver’s finest dancers.

“We started with the word inheritor," Martin said, on the genesis of Inheritor Album. “Discussion around lineage, waiting your turn to have power and control, honouring the past and the responsibility to the future. The idea of order. Our discussion led to images that then led to movement or what the body wanted to do with the images.”

Inheritor Album was created in collaboration between all the original performers:  Laura Avery, Justine Chambers, Lisa Gelley, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin, and David Raymond. For this incarnation the dancers will be Martin, Gelley, Avery, Hayden Fong, Waldean Nelson, and Renée Sigouin.

 The integration of Matreyek’s work pushes the group into a realm that is equal to many of the top companies of Europe. Not just  a collaborative effort that exists alongside the dance, Matreyek’s animation is integral to the meaning in a way that enhances the story-telling but doesn’t pull focus.

”The animation doesn’t alienate the dance," explained Martin. “The audience doesn’t have to choose what it looks at. It’s about scale and how to integrate the artforms.”

January 30–February 1
*JUST ADDED* February 2 | 4:00PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street

8:00PM (Jan 30 - Feb 1)
4:00PM (Feb 2) (65 min, no intermission)PuSh Conversations:
Post-Performance Talk: January 31

Tickets: $33 regular, $29 seniors,$27 students




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