Study for Anima / Darkroom

Lucy M. May with 7Starr (Montreal)


Nov 2 & 3, 9pm

DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre

Part of a double bill

Lucy M. May with 7Starr (Montreal)

Lucy M. May uses the analogy of a photographic darkroom and the ontology of the black box to delve deep into Krump’s rich and complex story-telling structures. In an short version of this full-length solo in creation, the veteran performer 7Starr engages with the theatre’s raw material, rendering the thought and anima at the heart of Krump to surfaces and space. Emergent are the human efforts to listen and be heard, to bear witness and be seen.

Palpable... Intriguing. The artists create an atmosphere, a world that comes to life”

”Refined [and] sensitive work


Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist and writer based in Montréal. Her performances, including Vivarium and Esemplastic Landing, often ask how environments thread their way through human movement. Formerly a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Lucy continues to perform independently with artists such as Margie Gillis. A graduate of LADMMI and CODARTS, she began studying Krump in 2016, recently becoming a member of Jigsaw’s Grouch fam.

7Starr is a Canadian Krump pioneer. He co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, the Montreal Krump Alliance, and created Gutta Zone, the first and biggest Krump event in the country. He has been a guest battle competitor and judge internationally. 7Starr is recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity organizations and community centres and was a recipient of the 2017 Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award.


Concept, Artistic Direction and Choreography : Lucy M. May
Created by: Lucy M. May and 7Starr
Performer: 7Starr
Lighting: Jon Cleveland
Sound environment: Patrick Conan with Lucy M. May
Original musics: Patrick Conan, Big Rulez aka God'sHand (Marion Arinloye)
Dramaturg: Ellen Furey
Artistic advisor: Alexandra “Spicey” Landé
Technical direction: Jon Cleveland
A production of Lucy M. May

Created in residence and with the generous support of Studio 303, The Third Floor Projects / Usine C, and Danse à la Carte. Anima / Darkroom benefitted from a technical residency at Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV. The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Photo credit: Guillaume Bastien and Michael Slobodian