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).

PRODUCTION : Centre de Création O Vertigo
In coproduction with Animals of Distinction

Visual concept & Scenography : United Visual Artists
Music: Fly Pan Am
Dramaturgy : Ruth Little
Rehearsal director : Sarah Williams
Agent : Sarah Rogers

Developed with the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund


Robert Abubo
Justin de Luna
Léna Demnati
Stacey Désilier
Caroline Gravel
Louise Michel Jackson
Mark Medrano
Koliane Rochon Prom Tep
Sovann Rochon Prom Tep
Lexi Vajda


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.

In an audio-synchronised field of light and projection created by United Visual Artists (UVA) and with live music by Fly Pan Am and field recordings by Godspeed’s Dave Bryant, FRONTERA‘s 9 dancers navigate spaces of inclusion and exclusion; their bodies mapped in high resolution, their destinies unresolved.

As the public and private realms are consumed by monitoring technologies and tests of legitimacy, what space remains for the unruly, ungovernable body?

Photo : Adrián Morillo – Interpreters : Sovann Prom Tep & Esther Rousseau-Morin
Photo : Adrián Morillo – Interpreters : Left to right : Robert Abubo, Stacey Desilier, Paige Culley, Sovann Prom Tep
Photo : Adrián Morillo – Interpreter : Justin de Luna & Mark Medrano
Photo : Adrián Morillo – Interpreters : Left to right: Robert Abubo, Stacey Desilier, Paige Culley, Sovann Prom Tep, Léna Demnati, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Caroline Gravel, Koliane Prom Tep, Justin de Luna, Louise Michel Jackson


Québec City, QC – November 20, 2019 – La Rotonde
Montreal, QC – December 4, 5, 6, 7 2019 – Danse Danse
Ottawa, ON – February 19, 20, 2020 – National Arts Centre

More dates to be announced

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