A collaboration with Trevor Copp, Jeff Fox and Alida Esmail.
Dancing seems to be one of those arts that moves us forward. I can only imagine people watching Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring for the first time and not being able to make sense of it. Strangely when it comes to gender there's a lot of dance styles that still carry a strict separation of roles that reflect the heteronormative and binary structure that stills prevails in our society.
In traditional couple's dance it is where you find the most obvious examples. Wether is ballroom or not, salsa, the waltz, rumba, bolero, tango, all have the same prerogative: Man lead, women follow. This is what artists Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox bring forth to our minds by creating the concept of Liquid Lead Dancing. Though queering-up or challenging gender roles in these dance forms is not new, specially amongst same sex couples, Liquid Lead Dancing challenges rigid gender structures regardless of the sex of the dancers. there is novelty in the concept of women leading and man following... but isn it just exactly what we need to get used to? and isn't lovely that it starts in the dance floor.
I met Trevor, Jeff and Alida at their TEDx Montreal presentation, which was captivating and truly entertaining. Perfect mix of activism and fun. Please take a look at their TED talk and our collaboration together.
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Many thanks to:
All the subjects who gracefully accepted and contributed to the completion of the project.
My amazing team:
Costume designer: Sophia Graziani (all shots except M. Raina)
Video: Guillermo Castellanos
Make up artist: Marika D’auteuil (M. Bouchard), Stéphane Côte (C. Crombez), Camille Sabbagh (Chloe Rocbichaud.
Hair Stylist: Patrick G. Nadeau (C. Crombez), Stéphane LeGros (C. Robichaud).
Prop master: John Rubino (M. Bouchard)
Assistants: David Romero ( L. Tremblay Vu), Bianca Lecompte (M. Bouchar, S. Paulson, C. Robichaud, G. Reyes), Shereen Zangana ( Gary and Earl, C. Crombez, D. Barkley).
Extra actors: Eric Bruneau, Yoni Danglades (M. Bouchard). Robert Maceachern (D. Barkley).
Horse trainer: Marie-Claude Bouillon owner of Luna Caballera.
Andrew Skeels, Molly LaPerdue and Ray Hiltz for their generous contribution for reframing the work.
Photographer and Art Director: Damian Siqueiros
Communications and production assistant: Diana Gonzalez
Stylist: Sophia Graziani
Make-up artist: Olivier Vinet
Hair stylist: Cathy L
Background painting and masks: Daniel Barkley
First assistant: Bérenger Zyla
Assistant to styling and Make-up: Camille Sabbagh
Assistance team: Liliana Ortiz, Gigiola Caceres, Sebastien Beaupre
Behind the scenes images: Guillermo Castellanos, Mateo H. Casis, Bérenger Zyla
Behind the scenes editing: Guillermo Castellanos
Communication collaborator: Antoine Aubert
Special collaborators: Arnaud Baty, Ari Vilhjalmsson
Agent: Patricia Doss (zetaproduction.com)
Opening essay by Ivan Savvine
Characters / Models:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Stephen Amnotte
Akeksey Sofornov: Antonio Bavaro
Anna Yevreinova: Evelyne-Louise Bergeron
Maria Feodorova: Claire Crombrez
Sergei Diaghilev: Miguel Doucet
Vaslav Nijinsky: Roscoe Stone
Policewoman: Rachel Salzman
Olympic Athlete: Antonia Dolhaine
Stalin impersonator: Sebastien Beaupre
Putin impersonator: Tristan Harris