Anatomica is the first main auditorium performance by the new artistic director of Dance Works Rotterdam, André Gingras. Anatomica is an explosive dance performance in which twelve dancers show the most extraordinary possibilities and profound vulnerability of the human body with breathtaking jumps. In his newest work for this series, Anatomica#1, Gingras utilizes a contemporary dance language fused with explosive free running, coupled with his signature high-octane partnering.
In Anatomica#1, Gingras asks the question: why is there a drive towards display? He returns to our core: the animal kingdom (which man is a part of!), is rife with images of display, particularly focused around courtship ritual and sexual attraction. Anatomica#1 exposes our behavior in the throes of attraction: the physical extremes of sexual competition, romance and our most desperate, ridiculous behavior to please another. How far will we go in our efforts to seduce and who wins in the end?
Anatomica#3 investigates the objectification and virtuosity of the body. In contemporary society, our bodies have become sites of display; consumed by the media as role models, supermodels, museum exhibits and MTV “Made” victims. Our bodies have become objectified, pimped up and rendered meaningless. Nonetheless, the body still surprises us. It reappears in its most personal and inspiring of forms; a subject that displays its most extraordinary abilities and a profound fragility. In the excess of display, how low can we sink and how high can we fly?