Ziyian Kwan has worked as a Vancouver based dance artist since 1988. As an interprète, she has performed close to 100 original creations by an eclectic range of choreographers on international stages and in 2014, received the Isadora Award for excellence in performance.
In 2013, Ziyian formed dumb instrument Dance, a collage of activities that comprise her creative life. With dumb instrument, Ziyian creates work that promotes collaboration with colleagues in dance, literature, music and visual art. Ziyian’s creations have seen commissions and repeat performances in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.
‘I am my heart’s dumb instrument ’ —Denton Welch.
The Mars Hotel responds to author P.W. Bridgman’s flash fiction of the same title. Choreographed and danced by Ziyian Kwan in collaboration with Noam Gagnon, a series of vignettes unravels the word “love”, transfiguring it through movement and sound. The Mars Hotel has an original score by cellist Peggy Lee, performed live with the band Handmade Blade, featuring Aram Bajakian on guitar and JP Carter on trumpet. Five elite performers from Vancouver’s dance and music scenes engage in a bold exploration of relationship that delights through humour and whimsy.
Photos by David Cooper
“unapologetically promiscuous, polymorphous and perverse – Kwan’s queer take on love in The Mars Hotel is that she explores its tropes in a manner that is deliberately askew, resisting any totalizing grand narrative in favour of a slow accretion of episodes that are consistently off-kilter, that keep us off-balance and throw us off-course.”
—Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place and Politics
The Dance Centre