ZEROS & ONES / 2008 & 2015 / 32 MINUTES
” […] Poetically and politically charged. The musical selection recalls the warmth and clamour of India without falling prey to clichés, supports the piece’s proposal. Despite being in his late forties he commands the stage with intensity. His maturity has added precision to his movements. “
Lili Marin, Le Devoir, 2008
In September 2015, Roger Sinha returned to this solo and integrated live didgeridoo and the dance video The Barber of Bangalore. Developed in the Winter of 2008 in Bangalore, India’s “Silicon Valley”, the piece highlights the digital division of the e-haves and the e-have-nots. The touching text by Nadia Chaney reveals how technology and unbridled capitalism has had a devastating effect on the culture and environment of India as well as elsewhere. With a unique physical vocabulary that employs a hybrid of spoken word, video and didgereedoo, the solo examines how close the East and West can come together before colliding. This show is also available without video presentation.
September 12, 2015 – Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Quartiers Danses Festival, Montreal
September 18, 2015 – Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Quartiers Danses Festival, Montreal
About the creator
Roger Sinha was born in England to an Armenian mother and an Indian father. He grew up in Canada where he graduated from the Toronto Dance Theatre, drawing inspiration from his cultural background to develop his unique language of movement and personal choreography. He takes his vocabulary from contemporary dance, martial arts, ballet with subtle hints of Barata-Natyam, Indian dance. “Sinha is a creative powerhouse whose onstage presence is as generous as it is captivating” – Voir, 1995. See full biography.
Choreography and dance / Roger Sinha / Text / Nadia Chaney / Translation / Emmanuel Schwartz / Original music / Dino Giancola, Ganesh Anandan, Roger Sinha (didgeridoo) / Other musics / Rossini, Sheila Chandra, Bikram Gosh / Musical design and direction / Roger Sinha / Video / Roger Sinha / Wardrobe / Josée Gagnon & Jane Doberman Hartford / Lighting / Caroline Nadeau / Technical direction / Jack Pilon
The 2015 version of Zeros & Ones benefitted from a residency at the Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.