Dance Performance: Needle and Thread - Festival Quartiers Danses at the McCord Museum
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Festival Quartiers Danses

Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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Dance Performance: Needle and Thread

The McCord Museum is pleased to host, once again this year, three performances of the Festival Quartiers Danses. The 2021 edition of the Festival will take place from September 8 to 19.

Needle and Thread is a commemorative performance based on a list of 600 names of Holocaust victims collected by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Yad Vashem’s aim is to restore the identities and record the life stories of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. Essentially, the task turns these people’s stories into symbolic “tombstones.”

Needle and Thread is a choreographic work that stems from this list and from the interminable, impossible task of remembering and honouring the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. It is rooted in the installation practices of Suzanne Miller and Mindy Yan Miller and their long-term collaboration with sound designer Allan Paivio.

Using dance as a form of knowledge-gathering, healing and questioning, this collaborative work explores what it is to be human and alive, what brings us together, what separates us, what is shared and what stands apart.

The dance performance Needle and Thread, by choreographer Suzanne Miller, will be presented in the Museum Theatre as part of the Festival Quartiers Danses.
Performers: Suzanne Miller, Mindy Yan Miller and Allan Paivio.

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller choreographs dance performances for the stage and screen for the purpose of revealing and revelling in the extraordinary. Her company, Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, is based in Montreal, Canada. Their repertoire includes over 50 original works developed for theatre settings, as well as unusual venues and public spaces. Their collaborations have been performed in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.

Information

Free activity offered on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 2021, continuously from 2 to 4 p.m.
Duration: Continuously from 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre of the McCord Museum
Access limited to 25 people at a time in the Theater.
Vaccination Passport required for this activity.

The vaccination passport is not currently required to visit the Museum. Although, it is required for all people aged 13 and up to participate in cultural activities in the Theatre.

Festival Quartiers Danses

The McCord Museum is pleased to host, once again this year, three performances of the Festival Quartiers Danses. The 2021 edition of the Festival will take place from September 8 to 19.

  • Naufrago
    September 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the McCord Museum’s Urban Forest
  • Mother Nature
    September 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the McCord Museum’s Urban Forest
  • Needle and Thread
    September 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the McCord Museum Theatre

The Quartiers Danses Festival has made its mission to democratize contemporary dance in all its forms and hybrids by making it more accessible to all audiences in traditional and unusual venues. The FQD primarily presents shows from local artists, but also frequently invites national and international creators. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to original dance that comprises presentation, performances, installations, films, exhibits, meetings, discussions, and, last but not least, cultural mediation workshops.
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