DIANA ROSS DREAM
Aisha Sasha John
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Montreal, summer 2015: I fell asleep to a question and was answered in the form of a dream: Diana Ross on Broadway in a sea of rose gold costumed dancers—a dream of spiritedness and belonging so vivid as to announce itself as instruction, as a call.
In DIANA ROSS DREAM, Black being-together is the condition for community. This is a dream in which we dance relation, our movement motivated by the energy of encounter— with each other and with uncertainty itself. Fundamentally, we elect to be seen being, understanding movement as a technology for and of feeling. An ethics of not-knowing cherishes our interactions: we receive; we await; we let the bird find our finger. This, our vesselhood, we know to be ancient and eternal, miracle and ordinary.
DIANA ROSS DREAM Aisha Sasha John — Choreography & concept Aisha Sasha John, Devon Snell — Performance Marcus "Ademi" Paris-Johnson, Tyra Temple-Smith — Development period artist Evan Webber, Ellen Furey — Outside eyes Dedra McDermott, Kalale Dalton-Lutale — Artistic witnesses Karine Gauthier, Sam Skynner — Lighting design Nyda Kwasowsky, Devon Snell — Costumes New Chance, Amy Manusov — Sound/Music *Original use of New Chance music (Victoria Cheong)
Images & videos Gillian Mapp — Captation trailer Faraz Anoushahpour — Edition trailer New Chance/Amy Manusov — Sound trailer Henry Chan — Images (april/june 2022) Kinga Michalska — Images (sept 2022)
Équipe technique Samuel Thériault — Production and technical director, Danse-Cité Justin Houde — Technical co-director Isaac Beliveau — Technique Davic Brazeau — Technique Mathieu Grignon — Technique Partners and supports for creation Dancemakers, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Citadel + Compagnie, Toronto Dance Theater
A presentation Danse-Cité A co-production Aisha Sasha John, Dancemakers & Danse-Cité