The Collective Body
October 20 - October 23
The Collective Body (TCB) is a transdisciplinary audio/video project that proposes to capture the circumstances of life in isolation during Covid-19. Using current communications technologies as a central metaphor, the artists record themselves separately: dancers make videos of specific body parts, then musicians respond with recordings, which are sent to other dancers who then respond with videos, which are sent to musicians….and the rhizome-like pattern of simultaneous emergence expands. The material is gathered and shaped into a mesmerizing collage of diverse bodies, and projected onto the exterior of a public building, with outdoor speakers providing sonic sensuality. In prioritizing visual and sonic expression over linguistic communication, which breaks the world into distinct, individual entities, we offer ways of being with others that simultaneously acknowledge both differences and fundamental dependencies. The TCB project explores the constraints and unique possibilities of digital connection, while serving as a reminder of the deep importance and irreplaceability of shared physical space.
After graduating from the Lecoq Theatre School in Paris in 1984, Neil Cadger co-founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium. Wissel Theatre devised performances and toured Europe and North America for a decade (The Kitchen in New York, the ICA in London, the Shaffy Theatre in Amsterdam, among others). He subsequently performed in Europe with theatre/dance companies such as Co. Mossoux-Bonte (B) and Karine Ponties (Dame de Pic)(B) and in Canada with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.
He taught in the Drama Department at the U of Saskatchewan for 5 years then moved to Kelowna and started the BFA Interdisciplinary Performance program at UBC Okanagan in 2005.
In 2017, after presenting national and international performances in Kelowna for 6 years Cadger founded the Living Things International Arts Festival. Living Things is an annual mid-winter performance festival in Kelowna with a focus on ‘animation’. Through the presentation of hand puppets, shadow play & marionettes, animated films, animated objects & interactive installations, Living Things explores our relationship with the ‘inanimate’ world.
He continues to devise performances with students, colleagues & independent artists.