Performers: Jung-Ah Chung, Léon Feizo-Gas, Josh Martin, Diego Romero, Renée Sigouin, Tiffany Tregarthen, Wen Wei Wang
Music: Giorgio Magnanensi & Walter Zanetti
Lighting designer: James Proudfoot
Video designer: David Raymond
Costume designer: Kate Burrows
Run time: 65 minutes, no intermission
Premiere: Brian Webb Dance Company, Edmonton, February 22, 2013
Commissioning partners: Brian Webb Dance Co., Dancehouse, National Arts Centre, L’Agora de la danse, and The CanDance Network.
Stemming from the dichotomous nature of improvisation – uninhibited abandon and controlled precision – choreographer Wen Wei Wang examines ideas of control and power through his new dance creation. 7th Sense is an exploration of how we wield control and succumb to it, an invisible force that shapes our lives and our relationships.
We cherish the autonomy of our lives, the free will we exercise in our daily existence, and we valiantly struggle against oppressive forces, on scales large and small. Yet we also have the deep-rooted urge to dominate our surroundings, conquer the unknown, and to master the mysterious. The work holds a mirror to this duplicity to reveal our desire for individual freedoms while exerting our will on others.
7th Sense is a personal exploration into the realization of one’s true nature, despite the many external societal forces that constrain and inhibit. It is about pushing back against the artificial rules of society that prevent us from giving way to our true selves and from loving – others and ourselves – unconditionally.