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Harbourfront World Stage – Tribal Cracking Wind/Transmission of the Invisible

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by Paula Citron.
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Transmission of the Invisible
Tribal Cracking Wind
Choreographed by Peter Chin
Composed by Peter Chin and Garnet Willis
Videography by Cylla von Tiedemann
Performed by Louis Laberge-Côté, Andrea Nann, Heidi Strauss (Toronto), Phon Sopheap, Yim Savann (Cambodia)
At the Enwave Theatre until Feb. 9
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Transmission of the Invisible is one of choreographer Peter Chin’s most ravishing works. Chin, who has long been inspired by South-East Asia, uses Cambodia’s tragic past as his point of departure. During the bloody Khmer Rouge regime, two million Cambodians died which included 90% of the country’s artists.

Transmission of the Invisible is a tribute to the rebuilding of the arts by those few survivors. It is also about the invisible bonds that tie people together artistically, emotionally and philosophically. By using three Canadian and two Cambodian dancers, Chin also explores the invisible transmission that occurs between cultures. The work is deep, rich and ultimately, very satisfying.

Chin’s trademark rhythmic movement, detailed hand gestures, and expressive faces render his complex work, played out against Cylla von Tiedemann’s shimmering video projections, Chin’s and Garnet Willis’ evocative sound track, David Duclos’ fractured wall set and Arun Srinivasan’s beautiful lighting.

Transmission of the Invisible continues at the Enwave Theatre until Feb. 9.

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