unDesirable Life (2017; 70 minutes)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter, in collaboration with the dancers. Music: Jesse Stewart. Costumes: Sarah Waghorn Lighting: Chantal Labonte
A series of 15 vignettes that integrate dance and theatre, the piece explores concepts of movement that go against the typical grain, finding and highlighting moments of uniqueness and difference. Based on personal stories of exclusion, oppression, violence, pain, heartbreak and also joy and desire; this is a a piece that embraces the complexity of our human experience!
Circuit (2016; 40 minutes)
Choreographer: Shara Weaver Music: DRUMHAND (Marcus Ali, Dave Chan, Larry Graves, Rebecca Hennessey, and Steve Marcuso) Costumes: Genevieve Beaulieu Set Design: Mike Essoudry Lighting: Chantal Labonte
Circuit is about societal transformations … from a place where earth and people are impoverished to a place of quiet reflection. A journey through our own interpersonal fogs to get back to the heart of why we exist.
Flesh and Spokes (2015; 30 min)
Choreographer: Renata Soutter, in collaboration with the dancers Music: Jesse Stewart Costumes: Rebecca Rowe. Lighting: Darryl Bennett
Exploring equality, beauty and power, the pillars of Soutter’s choreographic process, emotions and the body are mined to reveal limitations. They are what makes us human. We all have them and the dancers flow through movement explorations of curiosity, resistance and acceptance to crack open change. An abstract circular landscape that breeds interconnectedness weaves shapes, patterns and human need into a powerful dance work that shakes perceptions down and opens hearts to celebrate our shared differences. Original sound score composed and performed by Jesse Stewart – the first composition ever created for and on a wheelchair.
Watch an excerpt of this piece on Propeller’s YouTube channel:
Samuel Blais-Gauthier of TFO 24.7 produced a great piece on Propeller in May 2015 called “Propeller Dance : de la danse sans limite” (dance without limits):
Spasticus (2014; 20 min)
Choreography: Renata Soutter & Liz Winkelaar with collaboration with all the dancers Music: Ian Dury, Sylvain Bouchard, Dominique St-Pierre
Created as part of the Emerging Choreographers program. Premiered at Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) March 2014.
Propeller gives Ian Dury’s irreverent ‘spastic’ anthem legs and wheels in this anarchic, joyous, dark, sexy, funny, and explosive rocking tribute to the man and his cause – a new civil rights movement. Chains are forged and shaken off, bodies find movement, spirits soar, and the oppressed rise up, proudly declaring, “I am Spasticus!”