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Bear

January 17-20, 2024
8PM @ The Citadel
Tickets: Not Currently Available
World Premiere

The presentation of Bear is made possible (in part) by the Government of Canada.

16mm Fragments by Sonya Stefan

Video Installation
Jean Soper Studio
Doors open nightly @ 7PM

Citadel LIVE presents

Bear
Choreographed and Performed by Allison Cummings


Bear
is a meditative journey through the dreams, ideas, people and pathways that make up a life. The piece connects what one individual offers, to what they receive amidst the chaotic unpredictability of life while existing in a timed system of precise universal patterns and cycles. And finally, from its beginning origin, it’s a confrontation of motherhood from the very real personal perspective that I may leave my child motherless before he is grown.


Approximate run time is 50 minutes.


Bear is accompanied by a video installation by filmmaker/dance artist Sonya Stefan. Embracing the 16mm film aesthetic, the installation will showcase excerpts from diverse film experiments, featuring artists Elena Kargin, Sylvain Poirier, and Stefan’s daughter, Charlotte.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Allison Cummings Photo by Lyon Smith

Allison Cummings

Choreographer / Performer

Allison Cummings is a performer/choreographer/art maker, who produces her artistic work under the umbrella name Sore for Punching You. She is based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been presented at multiple venues and festivals across Canada since 1996. Internationally her work has been presented in Accra, Ghana, and Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

She has self-produced 5 multidisciplinary full length works, Quiver ‘02, Clutch ‘06, Devouring Lions ‘09, Final Savage Land ‘13 and Exhale ‘18 at various venues in Toronto. She has been commissioned for works by STDT (Dance Arts Institute), TDT, and multiple solo performers in Canada.

She is the recipient of multiple arts grants and awards including but not limited to: The John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship – California – 2012, Recipient of The Toronto Emerging Artist Award in Dance – 2000, K.M Hunter Award Shortlisted – 2006 and 2008.

She has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Moonhorse Dance Theatre, an organization that focuses on presenting opportunities for established dance artists over the age of 45.

www.soreforpunchingyou.com

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Sonya Stefan

Filmmaker / Dance Artist

Sonya Stefan’s specialty is 16mm film and dance documentary. Her artistic journey has garnered prestigious recognition, including the 2021 Best National Medium-Length Film award at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) for her work titled ‘The Truss Arch.’ Subsequently, in 2022, she was awarded the title of Best Experimental Film at Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma.

Sonya’s creative work extended to the 2022 Iris Awards, where her film earned a nomination for Best Short Documentary. Her work has graced the screens of renowned festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival and other international venues.​

During her residency in Argentina with ArtlabPro, Sonya collaborated with Amplify D.A.I. sound artist Lain-9, resulting in the debut of their creation, ‘IK Pegasi,’ crafted with Touch Designer. Sonya’s artistic pursuits have led her to collaborate with esteemed entities, including the multimedia dance company Animals of Distinction and the experimental music act Group A from Berlin, composed of Tommi Tokyo and Sayaka Botanic. In partnership with artist Stephanie Castonguay, their collective, known as ‘Technologies of Consciousness,’ became the first-ever artists-in-residence at Biosphere Montreal. Here, they delved into research on bioplastics, setting the stage for their forthcoming work, ‘The Intimacy of Strangers.’ Sonya Stefan’s artistic footprint continues to evolve, pushing the boundaries of multimedia artistry and paving the way for innovative expressions of creativity.

www.sonyastefan.com

Show Credits

Choreographer and Performer: Allison Cummings (Sore for Punching You)
Sound Design: Valerie Calam
Costume Design: Valerie Calam
Set Design: Allison Cummings, Porter Cummings
Lighting Design: Sharon DiGenova
Outside Eye: Vivine Scarlett

The development and production of Bear was generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. 

Artist Notes

This work has been in process off and on since 2019. It has been gifted creative residencies at the late Hub14, Peggy Baker Dance Projects Space Residency at NBS, TDT Space Residency, and the Arts Orillia Dance and Design Residency. This work is made for Danny Wild and Porter Cummings.

READ: Behind the creation of “Bear”
A conversation with choreographer and performer Allison Cummings

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Valerie Calam

Sound Design | Costume Design

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