"I have been hanging on ropes before but never to this extent and never figuring out how to move," says dancer Louis Laberge-Côté of performing in Divergent Dances for Windows and Walls
. "I did do a short film where I hung from a rope off a tree, so this felt a little familiar."
Laberge-Côté is up for any challenge, even dangling high above the ground. "It's exciting because there are lots of influences and unusual pairings of influences. It's impossible to see everything; things happen simultaneously. People can pick and choose what they want to see. Being a dancer, I'm attracted to the dance parts, but it's spectacular to see the aerial work, the aerialists, doing their thing. People walk through the show -- the performers are the same as the exhibits. Each audience member will have a different experience."
This is Laberge-Côté's -- a veteran of eight years at the illustrious Toronto Dance Theatre with Christopher House -- first venture with Anandam and its artistic director, Brandy Leary. He is enjoying the process and looking forward to meeting the audience eye-to-eye. "I'm trying not to look too intense so that the audience can be involved," he says. "But I have to really focus for the dangerous stuff. It's great to perform in a different setting, to be close to the audience, to have stairs and rope -- it's a whole new experience. I'm always sweating by the end, but it feels good -- almost like being underwater or massaged."
Divergent Dances for Windows and Walls runs Tues, July 24-Sat, July 28 at the Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St W. anandam.ca