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SOTTO 51 by OURO Collective

Love seeing projects where different people from our community collaborate with one another, especially when it involves such a variety of disciplines. Vancouver-based dance company, OURO Collective, are currently working on a new show called SOTTO 51, which focuses on lost or forgotten histories. More specifically, they’re investigating Block 51, 61, and 71 in Vancouver, more commonly known as Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Provincial Law Courts, all of which exist on unceded Coast Salish territory (land that First Nations people never surrendered or legally signed away to the Crown or to Canada).

I went to Robson Square and filmed a bit of their creation process (all the dancers were in the same social bubble at the time and this was before recent COVID restrictions were put in place).

As OURO continue their research, they’ve also reached out to artists and designers to explore what the show might look like visually. Artist Abhishek Joshi shot photos of the dancers and generated 3D shapes inspired by their movements, and designer Abi Huynh responded with some beautiful custom type. The clothing is the work of another local designer, Eunice Quan, and her brand, Priory.

Cristina Bucci
Eric Cheung
Rina Pellerin
Shana Wolfe
Ash Cornette
Cristina Bucci
Eric Cheung
Rina Pellerin
Shana Wolfe
Ash Cornette

OURO plans to premiere their show with a live performance at Robson Square in May, which will feature costumes designed by Jean Okada and some staging magic from designer Alex Beim of Tangible.

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