Gearshifting Performance Works



Hybrid Human


Sep 23 09:15 PM

Sep 24 09:15 PM

Sep 25 08:00 PM


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Project Description:
Led by Winnipeg-based choreographer Jolene Bailie and conceptualized by artist Wanda Koop, Gearshifting Performance Works’s project, Hybrid Human, explores embodiment, creativity, surveillance, and consciousness. Reminiscent of alien life and robotic creatures, the figures that populate Hybrid Human play with the limitations of the human body, suggesting a capacity to move beyond it. Configured in Ontario Place, once a hub of technological innovation, Hybrid Human interrogates recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, musing on the possibilities and risks inherent in mingling human and machine. Distinctly otherworldly, the performance questions the depths of human sensation and experience, using movement to sketch out possible futures for our species.

Choreography: Jolene Bailie
Project Conception: Wanda Koop
Original Sound: Susan Chafe
Costumes: Anne Armit
Performers: Krista Nicholson, Jillian Groening, Jessica Lepp.
Created with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and The Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Jolene Bailie is the Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works. Presenting shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000 and touring her work to national and international critical acclaim, select credits include: Today Art Museum (Beijing), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an), The Joyce SoHo (New York City), National Gallery of Canada, National Arts Centre, International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival (Stuttgart), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and collaborative projects with Visual Artist, Wanda Koop. Bailie holds a Masters of Fine Art in Dance through The American Dance Festival/Hollins University, a Teacher’s Certificate with Distinction from The Royal Academy of Dance, and a B.A. Honors degree in Theatre. A graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers, Jolene has also trained extensively at institutions, intensives, schools and with Master Teachers. As a dancer, Jolene has commissioned the work of numerous award winning choreographers and directors, including: Marie-Josee Chartier, Bill Evans, Anna Sokolow (direction by Jim May), Jose Limon (direction by Nina Watt), Deborah Dunn, Joe Laughlin, Marc Boivin, Julia Sasso, Denise Clarke and Rachel Browne. She has also danced with Trip Dance Company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Ruth Cansfield Dance and The Bill Evans Dance Company.