More and more, but less…
Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30, 2012
We are all the accumulation of each single thing we’ve ever done, both the good and the bad. Choreographer Kate Hilliard reflects on this in her Culture Days performance installation, More and more, but less…
Hilliard’s instillation begins with a lone performer – Brittany Duggan. Brittany is soon accompanied by music by composer Josh Van Tassel, lighting and stenography by Gram Schmalz and, in an almost flood, a whole range of dancers from the independent dance community of Toronto. More and more, but less… is a physical expression of the way things accumulate – sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The adding and subtracting of people, light, sound and objects all play a role in the reflection of this theme. Hilliard’s work looks at the perceived necessity to acquire more and more over the course of a lifetime – in material goods, the developing familiarity discovered in relationships over time, and the growing knowledge that is acquired throughout each person’s life. This is profoundly juxtaposed by the inevitability of loss, singularity, disintegration and anonymity.
Housed in the Hub 14 space (courtesy of hub’s Community Chest Project) the instillation runs from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. The studio is located just north of Queen Street and audiences are welcome to take in the visual landscape at any time. Viewers might catch the end of one round and watch how succinctly the work folds back in on itself to start anew.
“I wish to make a dance that grows and collects memories, that accumulates people and their ideas and as a result shapes new understandings of performance,” says Hilliard. “For me, accumulation and the collection of unnecessary things is a reminder of my ever-growing burden as an adult. The sadness I feel watching the health of my parents fade and yet the abundance of joy I have knowing that we share a trove of memories and stories to reminisce. These feelings are apparent while watching my son collect pinecones, stones and neat things like insect wings. He accumulates like Columbus – everything is new and interesting. The history of his life is small and full of wonder.”
Kate Hilliard’s career as a choreographer has been marked with several exciting events. In 2007 she was the recipient of a Young Choreographers position at The Springboard Professional Project in Montreal where she was mentored by established Canadian choreographer Hélène Blackburn and dance icon Margie Gillis. The following year, she produced an evening of music and dance featuring the performances of Gillis and soprano Donna Ellen from the Vienna State Opera. In May 2008, Hilliard presented Beside Me, a piece co-produced in Toronto by DanceWorks, where she choreographed and danced with Montreal dancer Jean François Légaré. The powerful duet was performed to an original score by Olivier Girouard, and was cited as “naked and delicate” by Frans de Waard (Vital, Netherlands). It included an evocative video design by Jeremy Mimnagh and ravishing lighting design by Paul Auclair. “Where Hilliard shows a masterful approach to choreography is in the theatrical values” said Paula Citron (Globe and Mail). In February 2010, Hilliard toured While We Were Waiting, a work for five actors, to New York, Vancouver, and Toronto. She returned to the director’s chair a year and a half later, following motherhood – a rewarding pause from dance that offered much creative fuel. The young choreographer will launch three new works this season. More and more, but less…is the first that she will share with Toronto’s artistic community.
More and more, but less… choreographed by Kate Hilliard
Performed by Brittany Duggan, Members of the Independent Dance Community of Toronto
Sound by Josh Van Tassel
Light by Gram Schmalz
September 29th to 30th 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hub 14 located at 14 Markham St. Toronto Canada M6J 2E9
A Free Culture Days Event