I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
Montreal-based choreographer Simon Portigal will share an excerpt from his newest work, Aattitle. Here, bodies are an overwrought network of senses, signs, feelings, and gestures, burdened and charged by collective histories, individual narratives, and fictions. Portigal has constructed conditions to free-fall into an oversaturated no-place, a virtual after-space from which to see over again. Aattitle is a secular performance prayer, soliciting near futures.
Simon Portigal, based in Montreal, studied at L’EDCMTL and at P.A.R.T.S. He has worked with numerous artists including Public Recordings/Ame Henderson, Dana Michel, Eroca Nicols, Clara Furey, Isabel Lewis, Amelia Ehrhardt, Zoja Smutny, Andrew Tay, Sasha Kleinplatz, Benjamin Kamino, Heidi Strauss, Annie MacDonnell, Chris Curreri, Adam Kinner, Ellen Furey, Stephen Thompson, and Michael Trent. Simon participated in the 2016 edition of the Third Floor residency at Usine C, organized by Yves Sheriff, and in the 2015 edition of the Copycat Academy within the frame of the Luminato Festival. He is a recipient of a danceWEB Scholarship for 2017. His work has been performed in Toronto and in Montreal, and he has equally taken part in a number of collaborations, notably within the frames of the Reykjavik Dance Festival and the Berlinerfestspiele’s Foreign Affairs Series. This Spring Simon will continue his collaboration with the Third Floor over the course of another residency at Usine C.