Long Dis/Tanz

(collaboration with Catherine Guerin)

Spitfire performer Christina Medina's one-woman dance show, Long Dis/Tanz, creates a kaleidoscopic world that ponders time, space, and yes, distance, threatening to dispel any illusion of security that the viewer may have dared to bring to the theatre." 

"Medina...is a deeply committed artist who is not afraid to explore uncharted territory." "...unquestionably a beautiful dancer, with a kinetic energy that, when unleashed, is a sight to behold. Likewise, when she holds still, her soulful presence can mesmerize and make a believer out of even the greatest skeptic." 

"...creates a kaleidoscopic world that ponders time, space, and yes, distance, threatening to dispel any illusion of security that the viewer may have dared to bring to the theater." 

"...her dead on depiction of emotional uncertainty and boderline sense of panic recall the pathos of Marcel Marceau's famous Glass House, as she attempts to find her own orientation -- and fruitless escape -- from the vacuous space." 

-Winnipeg Free Press; January 14, 2006: Holly Harris

"If a straight line is the shortest distance between two fated and inevitable points, digressions will lengthen it; and if these digressions become so complex, so tangled and tortuous, so rapid as to hide their own tracks, who knows - perhaps death may not find us, perhaps time will loose its way and perhaps we can remain concealed in our shifting hiding places."


- (Calvino - Six Memos for the Next Millenium) 

Long Dis/Tanz is a long distance collaboration between Christina Medina (Canada/Austria) and Catherine Guerin (Germany). During the creation process Catherine and I communicated with each other by phone, email and through the exchange of videos, pictures, text excerpts, music and whatever seems relevant or useful for constructing and reconstructing the dance. We continously investigate how long distance communication can work to create and influence the dance. The quote by Calvino illuminates the basic concept of our discourse.

Concept: Christina Medina & Catherine Guerin
Performer: Christina Medina
Costume: Alanna Shewchuck
Length: Ca. 45 mins. 

Performances
Jan. 12, 13 & 14, 2006: Winnipeg; WCD Studio Theater
Assisted Co-Present by Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers
Feb. 24, 25 & 26, 2006: Edmonton; Azimuth Theatre;
expanse New Works Festival
June 25, 2005 (Work-in-progress) Graz; Nice Little Theater

 ...puts herself in an awkward position, navigating her way through a maze or labyrinth - a fitting metaphor... " 

...Medina demands your attention as she desperately works nearly every square meter of stage." 

- Winnipeg Sun; Jan. 12, 2006; Lindsey Ward