Katie Ward

imaginationreality

dance

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What we imagine shapes our way of seeing things, just as our way of seeing things influences what we imagine.

This choreography is composed of a variety of aspects and fragments of reality that can be reconstructed in the viewer's perception. The range of performative samples are embodied and felt pieces or things - things from each performer’s sense of self and from their bodily impulses and much much more.

The dancers surrender to the present moment - creating a dreamlike environment; a fertile ground for discoveries and A-Ha! moments. imaginationreality offers, on a small scale, an imagination model from which one may reinvent one’s ways of seeing the world.

 

 

Katie Ward approached this new creation with a beginner's mind, looking to activate and stimulate the imagination in a performance context and focusing on the question: "What is reality? "

In this work, Ward created a space allowing multiple perspectives and different imaginations to coexist. Dancing comes from the testing out of new imaginations, of putting not obviously connected elements together,  to see what can be made – what new configurations can be imagined and put into action - embodying text and imagery.

In imaginationreality, dancers and spectators are invited to play specific roles by following parallel scores,  performed simultaneously. A combination of personal images embodied by the dancers and scores spoken by the audience, form a pool of realities.

Katie Ward highlights the many details of a multitude of subjectivities in this choreography, which can be independently perceived and felt by performers and spectators.

Montreal Dancer/Choreographer Katie Ward’s performance scores set conditions for disrupting the way we perceive reality in order to re-imagine our relation to it. Katie is currently working on solo dance called Anything Whatsoever and a group piece called imaginationreality. Both works highlight performer’s subjectivities by accessing their own body archives. Katies pieces incorporate diverse aspects; serious, refined, wild…

Katie holds a Master of Theatre Practises from Artez University, in Arnhem Netherlands. Her past works include group pieces: Infinity DoughnutRock SteadyHuman Synthesizer, and solo: Matière Grise.

Choreographer and performer
  • Katie Ward
Dramaturg and outisde eye
  • Ame Henderson
Light Design
  • Paul Chambers
Sound Design
  • Michael Feuerstack
Collaboration and costumes design
  • Leanne Dyer
Performers
  • Audrée Juteau, Kelly Keenan, Dany Desjardins, Nate Yaffe
With support from
  • Studio 303
  • L'Annexe - A
  • Conseil des Arts du Canada
  • Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
  • Conseil des Arts de Montréal