Family Dinner: The Lexicon is a choreographic culling of each immersive dining performance of Family Dinner, to date. While Family Dinner prioritizes what is felt over what is seen and offers a co-creation with dinner guests, The Lexicon proposes choreography as a method for archiving gesture. The 227 gestures have been sourced from the people present at each dinner. The bodies of the performers are used as imperfect recording devices to hold each dinner guest in the memory of the work. The Lexicon re-organizes and categorizes the inventory of dining gestures to create a living catalogue of movement.
Created in collaboration with Alison Denham, Kate Franklin, Lisa Gelley, Aryo Khakpour, Josh Martin, Billy Marchenski, Marie Claire Forté, Claudia Fancello, Alanna Kraajeveld, Adam Kinner, Jean Benoit Labrecque and Katie Ward.
Performed by: Marie Claire Forté, Claudia Fancello, Alanna Kraajeveld, Adam Kinner, Jean Benoit Labrecque and Katie Ward
Lighting Design by: James Proudfoot
Sound design by: Nancy Tam
Video documentation by: John Moon
Agora de la danse, Montreal – March 11th, 2017