Daina Ashbee (Montreal)
Daina Ashbee confronts her audiences with yet another dark and powerful piece about women. She explores the vulnerabilities and strengths of bodies layered with pain and littered with social oppression. Yet, layers of joy and celebration pierce through the tension providing for a liberating and transformative experience like no other.
Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance. At the young age of 26, she had already won two awards for her choreographies. She was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated (her first choreography). Also Daina was named by the prestigious German TANZ magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American publication, DANCE in 2018. In 2019, she won a New York Dance and Performance Award, Bessie, for Outstanding Choreographer.
Recognized as one of the most promising young choreographers of the next generation, since 2015 her work has been presented 93 times in 13 countries and 30 cities. Her work being presented in some of the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontre Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis, and the Munich Dance Biennale) and on the stages of the world (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico).
Daina is the artist-in-residence at Agora de la danse in Montreal until 2020 and the associate artist of Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV since 2017. In 2018 she returned to the Venice Biennale to teach at the Biennale College, whilst creating a group-piece for 15 students. She will continue to tour in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic and Canada. In 2019 she will tour Europe, Canada and the United States, meanwhile creating a new group piece (J'ai pleuré avec les chiens) and a solo (Laborious Song) set to premiere both in 2020.
Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography and Scenography: Daina Ashbee
Interpreted by: Paige Culley
Lighting Design: Hugo Dalphond
Original Sound Scape Design : Jean-Francois Blouin
Understudy: Émilie Morin
Outside Eyes: Andrew Tay et Angelique Wilkie
Supported by : Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, La Chapelle : Scènes Contemporain