This Crazy Show Explores Shifting Gender Identity through Dance in Vancouver

This Crazy Show By Noam Gagnon

This Crazy Show By Noam Gagnon

By Kendell Yan

Acclaimed visionary and subversive choreographer, performer, and Artistic Director of Vision Impure, Noam Gagnon is bringing his new work to the Global Dance Connection Series at the Scotiabank Dance Centre this fall. This Crazy Show premiered in Ottawa this past May and has been hailed as a tour de force of dazzling proportions that challenges the concepts of fixed identities with charm and fantasy.

This Crazy Show is eccentric and wildly theatrical; it’s an exploration of just how precarious and ambiguous identity can be, through the evolution of the body and the self as both are continuously morphing, unfixed and boldly celebrated. “I wanted to make a work about transformation – to create a landscape where bodies, identity, gender are all shifting,” says Gagnon, “and to capture that childhood conviction that anything is possible, even magic and superheroes.”

For 16 years Noam was Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Holy Body Tattoo, creating work that received critical and audience acclaim around the world. He founded Vision Impure in 2006 as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo, and continues to reshape the dance landscape with his achingly intimate and powerful works. The creative team for This Crazy Show includes circus/mime/theatre director Danielle Lecourtois, dramaturge James Fagan Tait, and composer James Coomber.

WHAT: The dance centre presents the Global Dance Connection Series: Noam Gagnon/Vision Impure This Crazy Show

WHERE: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver

WHEN: Thursday – Saturday October 20-22, 2016, 8:00pm (Post-show talkback October 21)

WHY: Provocative and entertaining performance exploring the transformative and liminal nature of self/identity through dance and mixed media. Powerful bodies, a platinum blonde wig, disco balls, and 70’s TV show The Bionic Woman.

TICKETS:$32/$24 students/seniors from Tickets Tonight, 604-684-2787 or

Kendell Yan is a queer, second-generation POC who navigates the hyphen of mixed ethnicity LGBTQ2+ living in Vancouver. Kendell has a penchant for drag Queens and Kings that borders on obsession, and he favours events that encourage free expression, inclusivity, and love in all flavours.

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