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Fujiwara Dance Inventions presents EUNOIA
November 4, 2015 - November 8, 2015$30
EUNOIA, Denise Fujiwara’s inventive adaptation of Christian Bök’s award-winning poem of the same name, returns to Toronto for five performances as part of a national tour across Canada. Praised by audiences and critics, EUNOIA is a multimedia experience that weaves together poetry, dance, video, music and costume in a groundbreaking performance.
Eunoia, which means ‘beautiful thinking,’ is the shortest English word to contain all five vowels. Christian Bök’s bestselling book Eunoia is a conceptual poem built on the notion of constraining language to one vowel per chapter. Christian Bök believes Eunoia “proves that each vowel has its own personality, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English language.”
Inspired by Christian Bök’s poem, Denise Fujiwara and her collaborators apply similar constraints to every artistic choice in EUNOIA. In the choreography of Chapter A for example, the dancers recite a poem from a handstand or plank, and they initiate idiosyncratic movements from body parts that contain only the appropriate vowel – the hand, arm, jaw and calf. The original music composition only uses vowel-specific instrumentation, such as a harp, maraca or tabla. As the methodology becomes apparent, the dance, music, video and design reveal its wit, pathos and cultivation of “beautiful thinking.” The performance is as much a workout for the audience as it is for the dancers.
November 4 – 7, 2015 @ 8pm
November 8, 2015 @ 3pm
Tickets are $30-$39 and can be purchased online at www.my.harbourfrontcentre.com, by calling 416.973.4000 or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre box office