Produced with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage in association with York University and Aesthetec Studio
March 4â€“7, 2015 in the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, Canada
Choreographer William Yong proposes a future in whichÂ human labour produces energy and the pleasure of movementÂ works to integrate technology into the social sphere. ThanksÂ to a multi-year creative partnership with ground-breaking researchers at York University and interactiveÂ designers Aesthetec Studio, Zata Omm is undertaking aÂ formal experiment of the most absolute practicality: What does a show that is powered by sustainability look like?
Lighting itself with energy created by the dancers, theÂ audience and renewable sources, vox:lumen imagines a situation in which the necessityÂ of illumination structures every human interaction. TheÂ performance confronts the audience with the most elementalÂ metaphor for understanding, as dance becomes the interplayÂ of darkness and light â€“ the light we make ourselves.Â The audience is invited to help contribute to vox:lumenâ€™sÂ energy needs from March 4 to March 7 (an hour before the show) at ZataÂ Ommâ€™s Energy Fair in the theatreÂ lobby.
Zata Omm Dance Projects is Zen and the Actualization ofÂ Modern Movement. Artistic Director WilliamÂ Yong has made the award-winning organization a site forÂ research focussing on the integration of dance, technologyÂ and broader culture.
The audience is invited to help contribute to vox:lumenâ€˜sÂ energy needs from March 4Â to March 7 (one hour before the show) at ZataÂ Ommâ€™s Energy Fair.
- Concepts and Choreography: William Yong
- Dancers: Michael Caldwell, Irvin Chow, Daniel McArthur, Brendan Wyatt and William Yong.
- Technology designer and research partner: Mark Argo and Asethetec Studio
- Set designer and technology consultant: Ian Garrett
- Lighting designer: Simon Rossiter
- Composer: Andrea Rocca (Actress Voice: Zoe Hunter)
- Workshops technical director and set builders: James McKernan with assistants Jonnathan Leong-Sem and Adam Brewer.
- Production technical director: Kirsten Labonte
- Dance and technology research strategist and video designer: Elysha Poirier
- Creative process outside eye: Andrea Nann
- Director of strategy and development: Randy Sâ€™ad
- Documentary film maker: Timothy Garrett
- Zata Omm company manager: Samantha Mehra
Zata Ommâ€™s vox:lumen in research and creation from Zata Omm on Vimeo.
EarlyÂ stage of technology research was funded by George Cedric MetcalfÂ Charitable Foundation.Â vox:lumenÂ is sponsored byÂ Bullfrog Power and generously funded by CanadaÂ Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council,Â HarbourfrontÂ Centre and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.Â SolarÂ Energy devices are sponsored by Better Current and KortrightÂ CentreÂ for Conservation/Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.Â Light-emittingÂ diode (LED) stage lighting is sponsored andÂ costumed made by A.C.Â Lighting Inc.Â Energy fair displays sponsored by Asethetec Studio, Kortright CentreÂ and Tune Your Ride.
ABOUT ZATA OMM DANCE PROJECTS
Zata Omm Dance ProjectsÂ is in a state of constant development with on-going artistic research to explore the artistic climate, reflect contemporary culture and lead the emerging artistic trends. Zata Ommâ€™s objective is to create multidisciplinary contemporary dance works using meaningful integration of dance, technology and other art forms on stage in order to provide an alternative way of seeing our world, which facilitates our exploration and understanding of the human condition. Artistic Director William Yong has created more than 57 dance works worldwide which have been presented by major presenters or in renowned festivals.
A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Tina Rasmussen
vox:lumen â€“ Pre-show Tea
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Join us for a series of Pre-showÂ Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of vox:lumen.
In recent years, we have become increasingly aware that we have consumed and are consuming our planetâ€™s resources at an alarming rate. Sustainability movements have begun to work against the prospect of a dark future. Arising from this context,Â vox:lumen asks: What does a show that is powered by sustainability look like? How can theatre, and our participation in it, lead to a more sustainable world? Join Scholar-in-Residence Denise Cruz for a pre-show tea and conversation about sustainability, the arts, collaboration, and their consequences for our planet.
vox:lumen â€“ Talkshow
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to vox:lumen.