Mile Zero Dance is thrilled to present «Digital Folk» by Vancouver-based interdisciplinary company, the plastic orchid factory
, this November 8 and 9 as part of its 2018/19 Dance Crush series. Mile Zero's Dance Crush series is evocative movement-based work that is indicative of the wide-ranging contemporary dance scene in Canada.
Nov 8 and 9
Two shows per night
7 PM and 8 PM
Digital Folk, by Vancouver-based, interdisciplinary company, the plastic orchid factory
, is an interactive music + dance performance + costume party + video-game + installation built from the desire to reimagine how communities gather to play music, dance and tell stories. Award-winning dance artist, James Gnam (former principal dancer with Ballet BC), and visual artist, Natalie Purschwitz, lighting designer, James Proudfoot, sound designer, Kevin Legere, together with ten dance artists, collaborate across disciplines to explore a generation’s approach to identity, physicality, social dance and performance. Digital Folk lives as an in-between world that is not quite a home and not quite a theatre — a responsive performance space, meets rec room, meets art installation — where the desire for music, dance and community is focused through the lens of video game culture and accelerated technology, creating an irreverent, interactive and looping experience.
Digital Folk was created in residence at The Cultch (2014), Electric Company Theatre/Progress Lab1422 (2014), Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Development Series at The Anderson Street Space (2015), The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (2016).
Video-games like Just Dance! and Rock Band have changed how we gather to sing, dance and tell stories. Digital Folk
explore this phenomenon of being alone, together. Be involved in the performance space's transformation into a playful
environment that is part rumpus room from the 80’s, part visual art installation, and part secrete chamber from Zelda.
«Digital Folk is a flash of energy—energy that dance, song, and community so uniquely extract.” (Brittany Duggan, Georgia Straight)
— plastic orchid factory is an artist-run, interdisciplinary organization that uses the body as a site for social commentary. Established in 2008, plastic orchid develops methodologies for creation that foster engagement, play, and exploration with artists from a diversity of backgrounds and practices. Through collaboration, performance and research, plastic orchid deftly probes connections between contemporary bodies and the social, political and technological landscapes that they inhabit. In its very brief history, plastic orchid has created nine short works and three evening length ensemble pieces including: _post, Remember When, James & Natalie and Digital Folk. plastic orchid factory’s research and creation have been generously supported by The Dance Centre, EDAM dance, Circuit-Est in Montreal, Opera Estate in Bassano Italy, Progress Lab 1422/Electric Company Theatre and The Vancouver East Cultural Centre. The work has been presented by The Firehall Arts Centre, The Vancouver International Dance Festival, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Dance for a Small Stage, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and The New Forms Festival. plastic orchid factory is the founder member of Left of Main, an artist run creation/development space located in Vancouver’s downtown east side. plasticorchidfactory.com