Original performers: Scott Augustine, Karissa Barry, Jung-Ah Chung, Josh Martin, David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen
Original music: Giorgio Magnanensi
Lighting: James Proudfoot
Costumes: Kate Burrows
Sets: James Proudfoot and Wen Wei Wang
Premiere: June 2006; Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa)
Length: 60 minutes
Commissioning partners: Harbourfront Centre, National Arts Centre, Brian Webb Dance Company, Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, L’Agora de la danse (in collaboration with Danse Danse), and The CanDance Network.
Weaving former Chinese traditions with modern perspectives, Unbound is an intense and stylish exploration of ideals of beauty, power, and gender. The starting point for Wen Wei Wang’s choreography reflects the former Chinese practice of binding women’s feet in pursuit of status and an impossible erotic ideal. Unbound transcends its cultural origins, unravelling sexualities, emotions and relationships that are universally familiar.