As PuSh International Performing Arts festival moves into its second week, the centerpiece performance of Frontera took the stage.
Before a nearly full house at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, a trifecta of visual artists collaborated on Frontera. Montreal choreographer Dana Gingras & her Animals of Distinction dance company took the stage backed up by the heavy rock sounds of Fly Pan Am, also of Montreal and accompanied by scenography from United Visual Artists from the UK.
The collaboration results in carefully choreographed chaos as the dancers move cautiously then frantically around the stage before melding into a unified group, moving as one. Blasting music, beating rhythms, and synchronized strobe lights helped to raise heart rates of the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats. Then just as everything peaks, a new movement begins with calm deliberate strides and again builds to a crescendo.
Frontera‘s 10 dancers combine with the beats and lights to make the audience think about the borders, barriers and bars that keep us apart or bring us together. Crossing borders of its own, Frontera has made its way around the globe, playing Quebec City, Montreal, Sydney Australia, and Berlin Germany before making this stop at PuSh Festival, next up is the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival continues until February 9, 2020 at venues around Vancouver.