HYPER_ at SummerWorks in Toronto - co-present with Images Festival - August 6th - 16th, 2015!

SummerWorks Performance Festival Special Presentation Series in partnership with Images Festival

HYPER_ Performed & Created by Freya Björg Olafson Lighting Design by Hugh Conacher www.freyaolafson.com At the intersection of performance, visual and digital arts, HYPER_ explores the limits of perception. By shifting the dimensionality of the live body in relationship to the immersive screen Hyper_ moves between 2D and 3D representations of corporeality. HYPER_ inherently becomes a site for expanded choreography where virtual bodies, cyber dancers and the contemporary reinterpretation of everyday gestures converge. The performer’s physique is dissected and transformed, disappearing and merging with the stage and screen. Animated by a series of transformations, layered and colorful, the body becomes our dreamscape. HYPER_ deploys a deliberate combination of UV light, body paint, 3D glasses for the audience and large video projections on a black scrim. “In HYPER_ the body is reduced, layer by layer, to its very root and structure — a dehumanizing process that is nonetheless freeing. Following Donna Haraway’s revolutionary conceptualization of the cyborg as a “feminist boundary rider that contests the dualisms of nature/artifice, organism/technology and self/Other,” Olafson constructs a female body that first entices, as we expect it to, with its natural sensuality, and then dematerializes before the eyes, prompting the viewer to question what is real and what is artificial.” Hilary Bergen, from her essay “Moving & Past Matter: Fantasies of Disembodiment in Spike Jonze’s Her and Freya Olafson’s HYPER_”

Friday August 7th 5:15 PM Sunday August 9th 2:00 PM Wednesday August 12th 4:45 PM Thursday August 13th 7:15 PM Friday August 14th 9:30 PM Saturday August 15th 6:30 PM Sunday August 16th 5:45 PM The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street Toronto Ticket