This Crazy Show

Vision Impure

This Crazy Show presents the art of artifice and alienation within a culture obsessed with authenticity or its pretense. In this work there is a fine line between pain and pleasure: a fetishization of sorts of something glamorous and beautifully twisted: a monster beautified. From this work emerges the concept/ image of a human being as a kind of animal that can simultaneously take in these detached and at times extreme ways of being, yet remain rooted within the realm of ‘humanity’.


Synopsis : Cette pièce est une réflexion sur la quête de l’amour en revisitant le monde réel et l’imaginaire de l’enfance.
Comment se sent-on quand on est martelé ou déformé par pression sans pour autant briser ? Comment peut-on être malléable et élastique, se déformer et se reformer sans perdre son être intérieur ?

Dans ‘This Crazy Show’, le corps devient un lieu de transformation, de transmutation et de transfiguration. Tour à tour agité, délicat et humoristique, Noam Gagnon chorégraphie et interprète en repoussant ses propres limites physiques pour explorer et exposer « l’art de l’artifice » d’une culture obsédée par des prétentions d’authenticité. ‘This Crazy Show’ explore avec excentricité les frontières de la représentation ainsi que l’instabilité et la mutabilité du corps et de l’identité.

“Parce que moi je rêve, je ne le suis pas.”– Léolo

J’ai voulu relever le défi d’explorer de nouvelles avenues de création en jouant avec une série de transformations de transmutations et de transfigurations possibles chez l’homme.

‘This Crazy show’ aborde le thème de la quête perpétuelle d’amour en revissant le monde réel et imaginaire de l’enfance et en utilisant symboliquement la métaphore du super héros à travers la femme bionique.

Employing themes of vision and perception, Vision Impure creates performances that explore the intricacies of human relationships and the dynamic tension that move us. Vision Impure reflects the intimate concerns, ideas and attitudes that shape our relationships to each other and ourselves.

Founded in 2006 as a satellite company of The Holy Body Tattoo, Vision Impure is a vehicle for the independent work of choreographer and dancer Noam Gagnon. Vision Impure has produced such works as This Crazy Show, 10 Things You’ll Hate About Me and The Vision Impure, featuring choreography by Nigel Charnock and Daniel Léveillé. For his performance in The Vision Impure, Noam was honoured with The Isadora Award for Excellence.

Noam Gagnon


Artistic Advisor and Rehearsal Director: Danielle Lecourtois
Dramaturge and Directorial Contributor: James Fagan Tait
Composer, Sound Designer, Live Accordionist: James Coomber
Creature: Ken Blaschuk
Set Designer: Bryan Kenney
Lighting: Stéphane Ménigot
Creature Design: Darryl Milot
Additional Creature Design: Marina Szijarto
Video Designer: Aram Coen
Video Editor: Marie-Eve Talbot

Chorégraphe et interprète : Noam Gagnon

Conseillère artistique et répétitrice : Danielle Lecourtois

Dramaturge : James Fagan Tait

Compositeur : James Coomber

Concepteur d’éclairages : Stéphane Ménigot

Concepteur de la scénographie : Brian Kenney

Conception des costumes : Daryl Milot

As collaboration between artists rooted in different regions across the country (Vancouver, Montreal), This Crazy Show will serve as an artistic bridge between the two regions and their respective audiences.

During the tour Noam will provide Franklin Method Dance Workshops for dancers.

The Franklin Band Workshop is Full Body Band Conditioning workshop will enliven the body. A series of resistance band exercises, emphasizing whole body conditioning for flexible strength and dynamic posture. In these motivational exercises participants will use the extra-long Franklin Band to release tension, build core strength and find joy in mind-body awareness. This workshop is suitable for practitioners of all levels as well as movement teachers. Be prepared for moments of discussion, new dynamic metaphors and sweat-inducing sequences! This work is fantastic for doing on one’s own to keep up practice, or for times when travelling.

  • Title of Work: This Crazy Show
  • Premiere Date and Venue/Location: October 20th 2016, The Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC
  • This project is a: Full-Length Work (Mainstage, General Audience)
  • Length in Minutes (including intermission): 70
  • Is there an intermission: No
  • Number of Performers on Tour: 3
  • Number of Support Staff on Tour: 2
  • Per-Performance Fee Range: $2500-5000
  • Available to Tour (Season): 2017/18 Season, 2018/19 Season, 2019/20 Season

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Width – minimum 30 feet (9,14 metres)
Depth – minimum 30 feet (9,14 metres)

Stage Floor: Black Marley type floor

Crossover space: a minimum crossover space of 4 feet (1,2 metres) wide is required, located upstage or in the hallway directly behind the theatre.

Sound: Complete stereo sound system, the show is operated from a Vision Impure laptop with Qlab3

Projections: Operated off Vision Impure Qlab computer from tech booth
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Set: the company tours with a set, consisting of a 12 foot (3,65 metres) high by 10 foot (3,05 metres) wide wall with braces.

Rigging: 14 mirror balls need to be hung from the grid

Avant-premiere, May 12-14 2016, Ottawa Dance Directive-ODD, Ottawa, ON


Contact Information/Coordonnées

Company Name / Nom de la compagnie
Vision Impure
Address / Adresse
104 – 336 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4R6
Indigenous Territory
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh
Contact Person / Personne-ressource
Francesca Piscopo
Phone / Téléphone
604 683 6552
Email / Courriel

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