THE BITING SCHOOL
Cain and Abel explores the idea of jealousy and sibling rivalry, which leads to fratricidal violence, fuelled by the patriarchal society we inhabit. The inspiration for this work is the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Here we studied the depiction and sensation of killing one’s brother in different contexts. The first half of the show is highly physical, aggressive in rhythm and stereotypically masculine. The second half of the show, currently in development, is a reaction to the absence of women from the biblical story. Inspired by Jean Genet’s The Maids, the work is a study of Cain and Abel as two sisters. With the support of the Canada Council For the Arts, Cain and Abel is scheduled for development into a full-length piece, April 2017.
Drawing from history, myths, and philosophical inquiries, The Biting School is interested in exploring social dynamics, historical roots, and political issues on a physical and visceral level. With its strong roots in theatre and dance, The Biting School strives to translate the anxiety, the grotesque, the trauma, and the beautiful of our time into the flesh, through movement and image. We present the body and leave the intellectual exploration to our audience. We create works that are ethically engaging, physically demanding, theatrically bold, and unexpectedly humorous. The Biting School has been presented at Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance Days Victoria, rEvolver Festival and Dance in Vancouver.
Photos by Sepehr Samimi and Parjad Sharifi
“I kept thinking during the performance, ‘Why is everyone laughing? This is an emergency’! […] The work reminds us what is at stake today, when bodies and space are tacitly politicized and contested perhaps more than ever, that dance has the potential to develop important forms of being, knowing and resistance through the body.”
—Sarah Todd, The Dance Current
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