by Chad Dembski
Tangente is a well known dance presentation company that has presented most of Quebec’s independent choreographers and also presents other artists from Canada and the rest of the world as well. Their ambitious programming encourages brave choices, independence and allowing the artist voice to come through.
The piece displays a deep sadness from the outset as the two dancers struggle to simply get across the stage with the baby carriers full of various items. They seem both strong and determined while also suffering from abuse of both substances and other people over the years. Their youth shines through their eyes but their twisting and slowly contorting bodies relay a broken human who can barely go on. While the work is quite slow at times, this pacing draws you into their world and places you in discomfort and out of the cozy world of simply watching a contemporary dance show.