PRoductions

Most Recently Produced and Co-Produced Full Evening Events

 
 

Justine Comfort, Molly Johnson, Louis Laberge-Côté   Image: Craig Chambers 

SCARS ARE ALL THE RAGE

Through composing with animal training-like imagery, Scars are All the Rage draws parallels with certain realities of abuse while remaining sensitive to psychological trauma’s complexities.           Cyclical by nature, abuse regularly results from learnt behavior: a perpetrator was often a victim in the first place. While we grow culturally desensitized to violence in two-dimensional media, for real-life victims, unshakable traces linger. Somatic experiences are re-lived uncontrollably and unwelcome images appear at intervals: graphic, distorted. Nightmare-like.

Choreography: Marie France Forcier/ Composition: James Bunton/ Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley/ Performers: Justine Comfort,  Molly Johnson, Louis Laberge-Côté/ Artistic Advisor: Julia Sasso.   Presented by: Dance Works Main Stage, NextSteps as part of Forcier/Norman                                Supported by: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, 2015 


Lab rats

2010 coincided with a touring hiatus for me, during which my lifestyle changed from travelling many months a year: eating, rooming and performing with a tightly-knit group of artists 24/7, to doing all of these things alone; by myself. Noticing how different a person I am when on my own versus when  surrounded, I suspected the discrepancies I was observing to be universal in similar situations. This experience informed my choreographic intention for Lab Rats.

The dancers and I mostly rehearsed the work –initially intended for the theatre space–  at Hub 14, a self-contained creation space.  During the process, I unintentionally created the choreography leaning on the specificities of that space. To move the work to a proscenium theatre as planned would have involved the alteration of what had become its intimate essence; an element I did not want to sacrifice. Therefore,  Hub 14 became our contextualized site specific venue, allowing us to perform the work in its original environment, and giving us the opportunity to present a Forcier Stage Works production in a different frame.                          -Marie France Forcier

Choreography: Marie France Forcier/ Composer: James Bunton (Dora Nominee for the work)/ Performers: Molly Johnson (Dora Awardee for the work), Heather MacPhail, Brendan Wyatt/ Videography: Marco Moniz.                                        Co-Presented by DanceWorks CoWorks    Supported by:                                                                Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council                       Hub 14, Toronto, 2013

 Molly Johnson, Heather MacPhail, Brendan Wyatt        Image: Omer Yukseker

Molly Johnson, Heather MacPhail, Brendan Wyatt        Image: Omer Yukseker


 Heather MacPhail, Erika Howard, Molly Johnson, Brendan Wyatt                                  Image: Walter Lai 

Heather MacPhail, Erika Howard, Molly Johnson, Brendan Wyatt                                  Image: Walter Lai 

 Molly Johnson                            Image: Walter Lai

Molly Johnson                            Image: Walter Lai

facts of influence

Facts of Influence brought together the works of choreographers Marie France Forcier and Sharon Moore, in a double-bill event. For the project, the two artists worked with the same group of performers, with the addition of Forcier herself in Moore's case. 

Gold

When there is no silver lining to loss. 

Choreographer: Marie France Forcier/ Composer: James Bunton/ Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley/ Performers: Molly Johnson, Erika Howard, Heather MacPhail, Brendan Wyatt.

 

BLISS

The ghostly tale of a young woman at sea.   

Choreographer: Sharon Moore (Dora Nominee for the work)/ Composer: James Bunton/ Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley/ Performers: Marie France Forcier, Molly Johnson, Erika Howard, Heather MacPhail, Brendan Wyatt. 

Co-Presented by: DanceWorks CoWorks                        Supported by: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council                                                                       Winchester Street Theatre, Toronto,  2010