Very Clear Instructions
John Wood and Paul Harrison
Friday, April 20, 2018, 7pm and 8pm
Off-site at The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver
Following the exhibition I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT at the beginning of 2016, John Wood and Paul Harrison embarked on an intensive sequence of improvisatory workshops with the dancers of Ballet BC. What emerged is an ambitious commission between two of Vancouver’s most important cultural organizations, a new dance work involving movement, direction, costumes and staging.
Wood and Harrison have long been concerned with the body, characteristically employing a vocabulary that connects into the spatial concerns and material world of choreography and contemporary dance. They engage with attributes such as trust, cause and effect, action and reaction, and the physical arena and dimensions in which movement and gesture occurs with characteristic observations surrounding the human condition.
This new performance is structured as ten episodes such as “Falling”, “Right angles” or “Lean”, and combines much of their ongoing preoccupations with a keen delight, humour and reflection on human endeavor. Rooted in a distillation of everyday gestures and routine, a true conversation between the visual art world of John Wood and Paul Harrison and that of the dance corps of Ballet BC emerges. The familiar is made charmingly and compellingly strange, altering our perceptions as we move through the world.