© Johan Deschuymer

A solo performance by Maria Kefirova that dives into a unique multi-sensory experience

September 15 to 18 at
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

A knowledgeable person stated that the work Packaging/Wrapping by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, artists known for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, was a sort of premonition for the fact that in the centre of our existence there is nothing but emptiness. Maria Kefirova is not sure about that. Actually, maybe, in the middle of it all, there is sound, a buzz, a whoosh, a blop, a crack. backs boxes towels began as a search for sensation.

“I wanted to create a performance that offers a space similar to a public bathhouse, a place where one can feel his/her relaxed body dissolve in the misty heat, getting cleansed, merging its molecules with the molecules of the environment. However, I was not excluding the unfolding of another kind of space… more like the Mongolian steppes where one could travel, listen and wonder, shake off perceptual habits, and find a cure for the over-exploited attention.” Maria Kefirova

Maria Kefirova’s performance departs from this desire to build space through physicality and to make sound visible. The work follows her curiosity towards the concept and embodiment of friction and develops through techniques for exteriority involving national anthems, straws, boxes, towels, respect for the ‘backspace’, wallpaper, as well as minimal and maximal dancing. Skins rub screens. Boxes fill with sounds. Bodies become towels.



Choreography, Performance, Video and Drawings: Maria Kefirova

Technical Director: Claudie Gagnon
Light Design: Paul Chambers

Sound Design:  Guillaume Létourneau, Maria Kefirova

Set Design: Johan Deschymer, Maria Kefirova

Costume Design: Jade Tong-Coung

Dramaturgical Support and Outside Eyes: Diego Gil, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines

Outside Eye: Noémie Solomon

Visual Design Consultant: Johan Deschuymer

backs boxes towels is a co-production by MAI (Montréal, arts Interculturels) and DNK – space for contemporary dance and performance, with the support of MAI’s residency program.

backs boxes towels
by Maria Kefirova 

September 15 to 18, 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

MAI acknowledges that the land on which we live and work is part of the unceded territories of the Kanien’keha:ka nation.