FRONTERA, choreographed by Dana Gingras, will be the first creation within  the Centre de Création O Vertigo’s long-term residency program.

The piece will be performed by ten dancers and accompanied live by an original score by Fly Pan Am. FRONTERA will be set in an audio-synchronized field of light and projection created by UK-based United Visual Artists (UVA).


World première 20 novembre 2019, Grand Théâtre de Québec.
Choreography and direction Dana Gingras.
Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.
Coproduced by Animals of Distinction.
Visual concept and set design United Visual Artists.
Live music Fly Pan Am.
Field recording Dave Bryant.
Dramaturgy Ruth Little.
Choreographer’s Assistant and Rehearsal Director Sarah Williams.
Costumes Sandra Richefort.
Producer and Agent Sarah Rogers.
Stage Manager Mylène Caya.
Touring Director Dominique Sarrazin.
Technical Director Jean-François Piché.
Sound Technician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
Video Sonya Stefan
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Coproduction Danse Danse (Montréal), Sydney Festival, CTM Festival (Berlin) & PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver).
Creative residencies Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, Place des Arts.

In the making

Créée avec et interprétée par / Created and performed by
Robert Abubo
Léna Demnati
Stacey Désilier
Caroline Gravel
Louise Michel Jackson
Justin de Luna
Mark Medrano
Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep
Koliane Rochon-Prom Tep
Lexi Vajda

A special thank you to the dancers who were an integral part of the creation process Ellen Furey, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Paige Culley.


FRONTERA (border, frontier): a real or imaginary dividing line; the extreme limit of understanding in a particular area.

In an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance, the human body has never been rendered so visible, subject to increasingly invasive forms of industrial-scale oversight and processing.

Borders are boundaries, but they’re also processes, liminal spaces where despair, desire and neoliberal economic imperatives meet the obscure(d) operations of power. Surveillance technologies represent an advancing frontier of knowledge and control, monitoring movement, defining identities and gathering data. Increasingly, the border moves with the body, and seeks to organise and orchestrate its passage through the world.

Photos: Yannick Grandmont


Québec City, QC – November 20, 2019 – La Rotonde
Montreal, QC – December 4, 5, 6, 7 2019 – Danse Danse
Sydney, Australia – January 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2020 – Sydney Festival
Berlin, Germany – January 25, 26, 2020 – CTM Festival
Vancouver, BC – January 30, 2020 – PuSh Festival
Ottawa, ON – February 19, 20, 2020 – National Arts Centre

Cover page photo: Adrián Morillo – Interpreters : Justin de Luna and Esther Rousseau-Morin