A dancing tribute to filmmaker Norman McLaren
City walls as dance floors
We Can Dance is a large-scale collective choreographic exercise inviting the public to take over the streets through dance. Following each other in a vast imitation game, participants become giant dancers parading along building facades.
Touring Installation Since 2019
Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
A shipping container is transformed into a recording studio. A first participant follows an original choreography, a second follows that first participant’s imitation of the choreography, and so on. The dances are projected in a sequence on a nearby building facade. Seats are provided for everybody to enjoy the mesmerizing show.
Dance is a universal language. It gives a sense of liberty while also encouraging self-discovery. Dancing has the power to change our relationship with our own body by helping us have a more positive view towards others and ourselves.
Walking, driving and riding seem to be the only things one can do on a street. It is a codified place where bodies move in a homogenous way and have little room for spontaneity. In this context, dancing in the street becomes a political act. We Can Dance was designed to push people out of their comfort zone and to allow them to be surprised by the magic of an impromptu dance in a public space.
In each city where We Can Dance tours, Daily tous les jours wish to collaborate with local choreographers to create a new dance and explore the rhythmic concept of a canon. For this Singaporean edition, Daily was lucky enough to collaborate with ScRach MarcS. Created in 2008, this duo of Singaporean choreographers explore dance in all its shapes and forms with an infectious energy. Describing themselves as a “pioneering robotic couple”, they aim to transform street dance in Singapore and, maybe one day, the world.
We Can Dance is an adaptation of McLarena, a Daily piece created as a tribute to Canadian filmmaker Norman Mclaren. This version of the project travelled in many cities with a choreography taken from his 1964 movie Canon.