In Them Voices, past and future generations come together and manifest in Lara Kramer’s body, mind and dreams. The choreographer of mixed Oji-Cree and Colonial heritage confronts an unceasing and eternal present, and searches to be inside the place that carries memory and future imagination. Kramer anchors herself and becomes an open channel through time and space; her multidisciplinary practice embodies the primordial voices of the past and the future.

This solo performance explores the inter-relationality between land, the artist’s body and her memory and future memory, drawing on notions of performance, social critique and cultural resistance. Kramer addresses a world where histories come together to assess the consequences of our actions on future generations.  Laying out in all possible directions. What has been exerted, and what is failed. What is not yet seen or dreamt of. All is together, intersecting in Them Voice.  The artist strives to re-imagine new pathways connected to future ancestors in their flight and journey.

Interview 

In Search of the “Coming Community”: A Conversation Between Curators Ivanie Aubin-Malo and James Oscar

Them Voices

“With Lara’s work, you see the evocation, the atmospheres, that’s what we need to start unpacking- not just the crimes but the actual atmospheres that surround/ed those crimes and that still infuse our everyday lives in this country. “
~James Oscar, Curator, Art Critic, Anthropologist & Cultural Critic
Duration
70 minutes
Produced
Lara Kramer Danse
Conceived, created, set and performed
Lara Kramer
Sound Creation and Editing
Lara Kramer + Simon Riverin
Outside Eyes
Peter James
Knowledge Keeper
Ida Baptiste
Elder
Emerson Ninigishki’ing
Documentation
Ivanie Aubin-Malo + James Oscar
Lighting Design
Hugo Dalphond
Technical Director
Simon Riverin
Stage Manager
Joannie Vignola
Co-produced
Festival TransAmériques + Centre de Création O Vertigo
With the support of
Canada Council for the Arts + Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
Creative residencies
Centre de Création O Vertigo- CCOV + Place des Arts + Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal + Théâtre Aux Écuries + Dancemakers (Toronto)
Presented in association with
Espace Libre
Premiered at
Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 27, 2021

© 2024 Lara Kramer