Close your eyes, squeeze them tight until you see stars.
Choose a body part and move it like it’s a magnet.
Move like a shooting star.
Move so fast you are moving in slow motion.
Run in every direction at once.
Permanently exhibited at Montréal’s Planetarium, Choreographies for Humans & Stars (Chorégraphies pour des humains et des étoiles) transforms the building’s entry into an exploratory dance floor. An interactive projection and a play area all-in-one; participants take part in a collective dance.
The project is inspired by space as the great unknown. We aim to reconnect people outside the planetarium to the infinitely large in a way that is very intimate, using the body. We imagined a physical experience that would help visitors to not only understand but also feel astronomical phenomenons.
Very early in the process we started collaborating with choreographer Dana Gingras and together we explored how participants could use their bodies in ways inspired by celestial dynamics.
How it works:
Seven stones anchored into the ground delimit the dance area. A projection on the façade features a series of instructions that guide participants through the choreography: a stellar composition ensues. The resulting choreographies allow them to dance within a group, yet maintain enough freedom to indulge in personal interpretations.
The stones have instructions engraved on them so that the choreographies are visible during daytime when the light projection is off.
Since this is a permanent piece, Dtlj wanted to involve local communities in the making of the project, inviting them to take ownership and embrace it as a part of their neighbourhood. The visuals from the projection emerged through workshops with local youth. Animator, Patrick Péris, provided the creative context and guidance, allowing the participants to create the art that would be projected.
The overall effect is a collaborative display of movements produced by both the participants and the stars, allowing for connectedness between dancers, and for a distinct feeling of closeness to the immensity of the universe.