Idealverein is a new performance conceived by Mike Bourscheid. The work unfolds as a set of considered improvised movements, a game of gestures, actions, relationships, commitments, questions and moods played by six. The stage is a field of play and the rules are dictated by the costumes which determine how the players can move and with whom they are allied, working together to form allegiances or switching sides at a whim!
Team 1: Alison Denham, Ralph Escamilian, Ed Spence
Team 2: Mike Bourscheid, Germaine Koh, Erika Mitsuhashi
Costumes and Direction: Mike Bourscheid
Choreography: Justine Chambers
Presented in partnership with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
An artist talk with the performers will take place in the Grand Luxe Hall on January 25, 2pm
Born in Luxembourg, Mike Bourscheid is currently based in Vancouver. In 2017, he represented Luxembourg at the 57th Venice Biennale. Recent shows include Haverford Pensacola Museum of art (FL, USA), Kunstverein Braunschweig (Germany), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Canada) and Casino Luxembourg-Forum d’art contemporain (Luxembourg). His performance work has most recently been seen at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and he will soon be featured in a solo exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery, as well as a group exhibition at the MNHA Luxembourg.
Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances ‘that are already there’–the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Agora de la Danse, Festival of New Dance, Mile Zero Dance Society, Dancing on the Edge, Canada Dance Festival, Dance in Vancouver, The Western Front and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.