World Premiere of whip by FakeKnot @ MAI – Wednesday, November 3 – 7:30 pm)

photo credit: Marchel B. Eang

An Exploration of Consent and Space Between Bodies Through Dance
Wed, Nov 3 @ 7:30pm
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

whip is a 60-minute duet set in the round where the performers, dressed in five-foot-long leather hoods, cannot see for the duration of the work. The hoods, made by FIVELEFT leather, are inspired by the virtuosic head whip motion found in a multitude of dance forms. The performers’ harnesses directly reference the consent-based culture of BDSM communities. They explore giving and receiving consent through a range of physical touch between bodies, assisted by the leather’s duality as a material that is both soft and hard.

Performed by Ralph Escamillan and Daria Mikhaylyukwhip features an original multichannel score by Stefan Nazarevich, dynamic lighting by Andie Lloyd with mentorship by Jonathan Kim (Chimerik 似不像 Collective), as well as motion tracking system and new media design by Sammy Chien (Chimerik 似不像 Collective).


a co-production by MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) & FakeKnot

Wednesday, November 3
 7:30 PM
DOORS → 6:30 PM
Join us for a pre-show drink at the MAI café-bar!

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance, H2X 2K5

MAI COVID health & safety protocol:

Please Note **
The show includes the use of smoke + members of the audience could potentially come into contact with the performers – for more info:

I wanted to explore how the leather hoods could become a medium for finding new ways of moving and connecting with each other, the space and the leather itself. By concealing identity and deliberately withholding the performers’ sight, they must reference sound in order to see. I’m interested in having the audience bear witness to the performers having to navigate this seemingly impossible task. Similar to a spectator sport, the viewer is aware of the rules of the space, but as the work progresses so do the rules of the space.” – Ralph Escamillan (Artistic Director, FakeKnot)

Artistic Direction/Choreography: Ralph Escamillan (FakeKnot)
Dancers: Daria Mikhaylyuk, Ralph Escamillan
Leather Hoods: fiveleft leather (Lincoln Heller)
Costumes: Robyn J. Laxamana
Sound: Stefan Nazarevich
Lighting Designer & Live Operator: Andie Lloyd
Motion Tracking System & New Media Design: Sammy Chien (Chimerik 似不像 Collective)
Lighting Design Mentor: Jonathan Kim (Chimerik 似不像 Collective)
Dramaturge:  Su-Feh Lee, Josh Martin
Fabric Sponsor: Lululemon
Stage Manager: Gabriel Raminhos

by FakeKnot

NOV 3–6, 2021
7:30 PM

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

Regular → $28  •  Reduced → $22  •  Junior & Groups → $16  •  Accompanying person → $0  •  Passport 4/4 → $64

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