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Borderlines | Isabelle Kirouac

In Isabelle Kirouac's Borderlines you may be interrogated. You may provide sufficient answers. You may enter. Perhaps there will be no exits. I may be there too. I am not sure how long it will last. “Borderlines” is not classifiable as one thing or another. It is arbitrary. It is almost dance, nearly participatory theater. It is somewhere between separating and binding together. It is the body of the imaginary migrant. It was born in the USA. It mutated in Canada. It is a border state. It is an encounter with the other. It is the boundary of the flesh. It is the contact of the skin. It is a social construction. It is me, it is you, it is them, it is us. Crossing the lines between dance and participatory theater, “Borderlines” examines our relationships to borders as a space of hybridity.

“Borderlines” was born in Eureka, California, during Isabelle Kirouac’s participation in Incubate Winter Dance Intensive, where she conducted a series of laboratories in collaboration with local performers. An early version of the work was presented at Synapsis Performance & Art Space, before a few performers crossed the US/Canada border to pursue this research and present it at the Neither Here Nor There Festival at the SFU Woodwards in Vancouver BC, in collaboration with a new group of local participants.

Artistic director – Isabelle Kirouac
Performers/Collaborators – Leslie Castellano, Willoughby Arevalo, Mutya Macatumpag, Hailey McCloskey, Emmalena Fredriksson, Eliot LeFiend
Artistic Advisors: Daelik, Rob Kitsos
Lighting designer: Kyla Gardener
Musical Instrument designer: Willoughby Arevalo
Recorded Music: Ooga Booga, Arrington de Dionyso, The Shadows, Eels
Text: Isabelle Kirouac & the ensemble

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