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Video of the Week: “HINKYPUNK” by FakeKnot

By Apartment613 on September 22, 2021

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“HINKYPUNK” is a 50-minute dance work by dance collective FakeKnot that explores how identity, iconography and popular culture overlap. The piece is directed, choreographed and performed by FakeKnot artistic director Ralph Escamillan.

Escamillan is a Canadian-Filipinx performing artist based in Vancouver, B.C., and forms the inspiration for “HINKYPUNK.” Based on his lived experiences as a queer artist, the dance touches on themes of queerness, anonymity and identity expression through the body.

 

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The dancer, costumed in sequins, takes their place on a cube. The piece includes projections and a panoramic original sound score, which is said to invite the audience into the work.

The event details describe the performance as follows: “Throughout the performance the viewer witnesses this sequined character go through a process of creating its own identity, while bombarded by versions of itself—physically, and with light, projection and sound.”

“The protagonist undergoes a series of physical trials to the point of exhaustion, all under a lens of humour, glamour and entertainment.”

 

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The performance originally premiered at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2018 and has toured across Canada. Now the dance work is coming to Ottawa this fall, with three showings in September. The Ottawa showings are co-presented with FakeKnot and Ottawa Dance Directive, with support from 10 Gates Dancing.

“HINKYPUNK” will be performed at Arts Court, in the Studio Black Box.

The performances are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 23 @ 7:30pm
Friday, Sept. 24 @ 6:30pm
Friday, Sept. 24 @ 9:30pm

The tickets for the events can be purchased here. Patrons will be asked for proof of vaccination status when they arrive for the event.

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