ARTWORK: Christian Ludwig Hansen
SPECIAL EVENT THEATRE | DANCE
The Movements is a high-octane theatre/dance spectacular and the economics class you never had in school. It’s a show about the global economy in the form of a 90-minute workout routine. Accompanied by a soaring musical score and multi-layered video design, four performers never quit as they transform dry data into aerobic movement before your very eyes. Covering everything from GDP and the WHO to wealth inequality and inflation, The Movements examines the mind-boggling complexity of these hot topics in a way that is accessible and endlessly engaging.
Created by Zuppa with choreographer/performer Liliona Quarmyne, video designers Anna Shepard and Christian Ludwig Hansen, composer Stewart Legere and in partnership with Kinetic Studio and Halifax Dance, The Movements examines of the social, political and environmental costs of growing wealth stratification, and the challenges of addressing it.
Every movement in the tightly choreographed 90 minutes is a physical expression of data. Did you know that the average Canadian owns less of Canada’s wealth than in the 1990s and substantially less than in the 1960s? Did you know that WWE Wrestling’s CEO Vince McMahon is the world’s rich athlete, or that the World Bank loaned Colombia $500 million to support the nearly 2 million recent refugees from Venezuela? Have you always wondered what 'neoliberalism' means but were afraid to ask?
Indebted to the aesthetic of 1980s workout videos and drawing on economic data from a range of sources, The Movements grapples with the legacy of the last 40 years of economic policy and asks us to consider what might be next.
THE MOVEMENTS, STAGES 2023
(Photo by James Arthur MacLean)
Nova Scotia / Mi'kma'ki
We aim to make extraordinary experiences that provoke the consideration of new perspectives and ideas. We prioritize questions over answers, and the discovery of possibility over the depiction of what is. This compels us to experiment with new forms and grapple with relevant questions of our time. We attempt to do this as generously as possible and have developed a unique collaborative process that favours the intuitive over the formulaic and thrives on the play between the imagined and the real.
We are Alex McLean, Ben Stone and Stewart Legere. With each new project we attempt to do something we don’t know how to do and work with collaborators who bring new life experiences, perspectives or skill sets to the table.
We make shows for Halifax and for places far away, with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, and Halifax Culture and Events. Zuppa is an affiliate member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
Choreographer: Liliona Quarmyne
Video Designers: Christian Ludwig Hansen with Anna Shepard
Composer: Stewart Legere
Lighting Design: Jessica Lewis
Director: Alex McLean
Dance Coach: Rebecca Wolfe
Video Design: Christian Ludwig-Hansen with Anne Shepard
Creation Intern: Kate Urquart
Producer: Sophie Schade
Created in partnership with Kinetic Studio and Halifax Dance.
Thanks to The Craig Foundation, The Black Family Foundation.