"Pitch Black" was created during the Fall 2017 season, and premiered in January 2018 at the Fredericton Playhouse after an intensive creative residency. "Pitch-Black” utilizes Lesandra Dodson’s early choreographic work “Disconnected Series of Utterances” (2002), inspired by the genius of film noir director Alfred Hitchcock, as a springboard for further artistic exploration. Using some of the key building blocks of film noir – all sensory elements working together to create suspense sequences – we experimented with choreographic language, text, music, and video projections to try and achieve those same effects. The piece also touches on the hierarchy, culture and gender discrimination found in early film making practices. These particularly demanding creative environments draw parallels to the present day, and we are led to see and question some of these extreme approaches to creation.
“Pitch-Black“ includes artistic contributions from the coop Artistic Directors, contemporary choreographer/director Lesandra Dodson, and writer/actor Lisa Ross, as well as composer Andrew Miller (Open Arts), videographer Chris Giles, and coop company members actor/dancers Kira Chisholm and Alex Rioux.