We Can Dance
City walls as dance floors
A dancing tribute to filmmaker Norman McLaren
Created as a tribute to Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren, McLarena is a large-scale installation inspired by Canon, the 1964 short he co-directed with Grant Munro. The piece invites the public to act in a collective film projected on building walls.
McLarena was originally presented in 2014 as part of the Wall to Wall festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the filmmaker’s birth.
Touring Installation Since 2014
New York, USA
Recognized internationally for his daring and innovative work, Norman McLaren, the founder of the National Film Board of Canada’s animation studio, succeeded in giving Canadian animation a vision and a direction that endures to this day. He received many international awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subjects for Neighbours (1952).
The choreographed parts of Canon that inspired McLarena show with humour the many narrative and rhythmic possibilities of a canon.
Daily chose dance as the means through which the public can make McLaren’s work their own: each person dancing the McLarena becomes a new, unique character in the movie.
Set in an underutilized public space in Montreal, the original McLarena took full advantage of the size of the empty location: the large scale projection animated a three-story-high facade with content created by the city’s inhabitants, providing new opportunities to gather and break individual bubbles.