David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen’s Me So You So Me offers the rare chance to witness a fresh and innovative production of one of our planet’s most universally explored subjects: love. The performance captures humanity’s most primal instinct and explores our prized notions of self and togetherness. With a musical composition by experimental percussionist Asa Chang, Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre’s production captures audiences with intricate moves that are unusual yet familiar. Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage presents Me So You So Me, April 15-18, 2015.
Me So You So Me is a 60-minute duet about the routine ups and downs of any relationship. The story aims to reconcile competing concoctions of fact and fiction as this couple defines what they believe each other to be and what they hope to mean to each other. It is a depiction of a 21st century love story in which two individuals come to understand the constant struggle of living a life with two vantage points.
The performance freely mixes martial arts, mime, kathak and ballet to deliver a virtuosic movement language that is equal parts foreign and familiar. Asa Chang’s unclassifiable music serves to heighten the cartoon absurdity and violence through the dogmatic use of rhythm. An anthology of personal and public truths combine to celebrate daily love in its most astronomical and puny proportions.
“This performance covers a topic that is ingrained in our DNA,” says Tina Rasmussen, artistic director of World Stage. “But what makes it such an affecting performance is its ability to have its audience see and understand their own relationships in a completely new light – to see performance hiding in their everyday relationships.”
David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen’s performance is another example of Out Innerspace Dance Theatre’s devotion to creating exciting and integral contemporary dance works that are both innovative and accessible. It is an earned reputation underlined by the passion the artistic directors have shared since 2004. Their work is a product of their contrasting physiques and matching thirst for inventive movement. In 2007, they were invited to perform at the Vancouver International Dance Festival – an invitation that spurred the creation of Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre that same year.
For ticket information visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage.