Projects

ri’zilyent: an urban ballet

Date: 
2007

ri’zilyent: an urban ballet is about our bodies as nature in an urban life; our emotions as movement in an intellectual world; our deepest fears and most extreme joy expressed through dance. ‘RIZ’ is a prayer of hope for our threatened planet.
Martha Carter’s freestyle inspired choreography is intensified by a visceral atmosphere of interactive visuals by renowned video artist Jamie Griffiths and by live sound design by composer-performer Jacob Cino and electro-acoustic master François Houle.

Premiered at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts March 29-31, 2007

iDUB 2006 Calgary

Date: 
2006

iDUB is about inspired and inspiring movement. It is about capturing dance as a social art form. It is about cross-fertilising dance styles that are practised by trained and self-trained dancers to discover new avenues of expression. It is about immersing the audience in an interactive setting so they witness the innovative movement, relentless rhythm, and stunning visuals. It is about encouraging the audience to feel the power of dance within themselves. After every performance, the audience is invited to dance, and that is when the real show begins.

iDUB 2006 St. John's

Date: 
2006

iDUB is about inspired and inspiring movement. It is about capturing dance as a social art form. It is about cross-fertilising dance styles that are practised by trained and self-trained dancers to discover new avenues of expression. It is about immersing the audience in an interactive setting so they witness the innovative movement, relentless rhythm, and stunning visuals. It is about encouraging the audience to feel the power of dance within themselves. After every performance, the audience is invited to dance, and that is when the real show begins.

The Spell Remains

Date: 
2005

The Spell Remains is performed to a pulsating, beat-driven electronica score, exploring our primal response to rhythm and tribal communication. The Spell Remains is an exploration of Martha’s trademark ‘house ballet’ style. In this work, six dancers are propelled by the DJ’s relentless rhythm, dancing to the extremes of their physicality, ultimately engaging the audience in their altered reality. Afterwards, the spell remains.

iDUB - Premiere

Date: 
2004

iDUB is about inspired and inspiring movement. It is about capturing dance as a social art form. It is about cross-fertilising dance styles that are practised by trained and self-trained dancers to discover new avenues of expression. It is about immersing the audience in an interactive setting so they witness the innovative movement, relentless rhythm, and stunning visuals. It is about encouraging the audience to feel the power of dance within themselves. After every performance, the audience is invited to dance, and that is when the real show begins.

Xdance

Date: 
2002

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'.

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