Can we resist the excesses of modern life or will they end up permanently scarring our mental health? This is the question Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé of EBNFLOH Dance Company asks in Complexe R, which refers to that part of the brain that has been nicknamed the Reptile Brain because the behavioural traits for which it is responsible are most often observed in reptiles. Her ongoing quest to de-compartmentalize and to reorder dance hierarchies has resulted in choreographies greatly influenced by urban dance – particularly by Hip Hop. 

For her most recent creation, Landé assembled a quintet of street dancers to explore the complexes, limits and obsessions of everyday life. Hunger for power and a frenzied search recognition make up the symptoms of a collective pathology to be either resisted through rebellion or evaded via false paradises.

Credits:

Choreographer and Artistic director: Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé

Dancers: 5 – With dancers collaboration
Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser 
Christina ‘Hurricane Tine’ Paquette 
Sandy ‘Did’ Béland 
Marie-Reine ‘MQueen’ Kabasha 
Lakesshia ‘Kiki’ Pierre-Colon

Sound Conception: Richard “Shash’U” St-Aubin & other artists 
Final Mix: Dr Mad 
Light Conception & Technical Director: Benoit Larivière 
Costume Conception: Pina Mercury 
Artistic Advisors: Miryam Magri, Véronica Melis

Complexe R a bénéficié du Programme d’aide aux artistes en danse du Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal.