In Them Voices, past and future generations gather and manifest themselves in Lara Kramer’s body, mind and dreams. In WindigoPhantom Stills & Vibrations (FTA, 2018) and in This Time Will Be Different (FTA, 2019), the choreographer of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage confronted an incessant and eternal present. In keeping with her journey to the heart of her lineage, Kramer anchors herself and becomes an open conduit through time and space; her multidisciplinary practice embodies primordial voices of past and future.

Based on last year’s show in the garden of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the new indoor version of this solo performance explores the relationship between the artist’s body and her memory, calling upon notions of performance, social critique and cultural resistance. With Them Voices, Lara Kramer excavates a world where stories come together to assess the consequences of our actions on future generations.

The artist Lara Kramer positions herself inside shared experiences with her mother and explores hopes, dreams, and future thriving. The title Them Voice is interpreted as multiple voices, stories, and imagery embedded in the artist’s body and anchored with her mother and family relations. With the multigenerational experiences that come before and proceed the artists, future dreaming becomes the crafting of fuel towards new rhythms, and new modes of mobility.

Interview 

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

Them Voices

Them Voices searches to be inside the place that carries memory and future imagination. Laying out in all possible directions. What has been exerted, what is failed. What is not yet seen or dreamt of. All is together, intersecting in Them Voice. Strives to re-imagine new pathways connected to future ancestors in their flight and journey.

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

© 2021 Lara Kramer