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Dance performance at Shadbolt inspired by memory

Chunking takes the concept of the way we organize information, and interprets it through contemporary dance. The show runs Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. - Contributed photo
Chunking takes the concept of the way we organize information, and interprets it through contemporary dance. The show runs Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.
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In collaboration with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the plastic orchid factory will soon present the world premiere of Chunking, a contemporary dance performance.

When performing memory-related tasks, individuals group experiences into clusters based on criteria which vary based on the person. These clusters can have different and often deep meanings for each person. This highly complex phenomena, referred to by psychologists as “chunking,” was the inspiration for James Gnam to created this dance performance that explores how we relate to what we see.

He explores questions like how do we instantly deconstruct and prioritize an experience? How do fragments of these experiences etch themselves into our individual and collective psyches?

The result is a playful and visually compelling piece created in collaboration with lighting designer James Proudfoot, media artist Josh Hite, sound designer Kevin Legere and five contemporary dance artists.

Chunking is at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in the Studio Theatre on Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 604-205-3000, email boxoffice@burnaby.ca, or buy online at tickets.shadboltcentre.com.

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