Xdance is a 'live mix urban ballet' that is performed around a mobile audience in a black box style setting. The dancers work with a vocabulary of 'fusion' movement mixing modern, ballet, street and break styles, responding to the music, lighting and video visuals with choreographed spontaneity. In Xdance, Martha Carter directs the ensemble with the same creative process that is used in a rave or club style 'happening'. The dancers, DJ, VJ`s and lighting designer mix, scratch, sample and dub their own archival 'trax' to create an event that unites the duality of both human and digital worlds, taking the audience on an ecstatic journey where they can be both observer and participant.
Created at Banff Centre for the Arts, March 2001
Preview at Centre chorégraphique Jean-Pierre Perrault, Montreal, May 2002 Premiered June 2002, Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Thanks to co-producers and sponsors The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada Dance Festival, PRIM arts mediatique, Fondation JPPerrault, Fondation Deux Mille GURU, Boreale...
"Evolution is not a luxury, but an inevitability......and Martha Carter is at the vanguard of that change..."