Maria Kefirova

Measuring Distance

© Sameena Sitabkhan
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Measuring distance is a dance performance about shifting viewpoints, changing points of contact, and moving points of reference; it is about allocentric and egocentric forces.

It is also a tool to locate myself. And then, a way to lose myself again.

I measure space so I can enhance its presence, its materiality, its multidimensionality.

The work superposes various methods of measuring to make appear sensible geography of relations, to unfold a ‘living’ space that composes with the asymmetries of presence and attention and opens depth in experience of reality.

Maria Kefirova is a dancer and choreographer based since 1992 in Montréal. Parallel to her work as a performer, she has been developing her own artistic practice combining dance, theatre, performance and video. The main focus in her work is the correlation between internal and external realities, as well as the body’s role as an interface between the two, which is at the heart of many of her works (The Nutcracker – 2014, Corps. Relations – 2010, Gold Meat – 2010, Manufacturing Tears – 2009). Through choreography she builds physical spaces for movement of attention, thought and energy (Distance – 2016, The Paradise -2015 and Why are dogs successful on stage? – 2012). Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe and Mexico. From 2009 to 2012, Maria was a participant at DasArts, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation located in Amsterdam. She teaches workshops and expands her own choreographic practice through collaborations with other artists (Miguel Melgarez, Jean -François Laporte, Hanako Hoshimi- Caines, Katie Ward, Jonathan Parant, Paul Chambers and Sameena Sitbakhan).

This piece is a continuation of my ongoing reflection upon the question: How can I translate the concept of distance into relation, knowledge, and sensation?”

Speed of information, fragmentation of attention, shifts in reference points, and uniformization of sensibilities are constantly reconfiguring the geography of our internal and external maps.

I measure distance so I can get in touch with space and with myself into the given space. I measure so I can modulate the relations between a multiplicity of reference points and make alive the space between ‘close’ and ‘far’.

Playing with the concept of “measuring”, I look for the gaps in which the numerical quotation of spatial distances can be reshaped. I am curious about the space that opens when scientific and poetical measurements are used simultaneously when the distance is not only a numerical value but also a social, emotional or political.

I experiment with methods of measuring, and the embodiment of various maps that can offer diverse perspectives over the same space; searching for a certain collaps of distance and a reset in the perception of reality.

Choreography and performance
  • Maria Kefirova
Light design
  • Paul Chambers
Artistic advisor
  • Miguel Melgares
  • Florence Figols
  • Diego Gil
  • Guillaume Létourneau
  • Hanako Hoshimi-Caines