Choreographed to mark the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2008, Agon is a duet that investigates the tension and struggle of opposites, images connected to the archetype of the twins. First Nations/European cultural dialogue and the underlying intention of dance traditions to achieve spiritual transformation will be unified through the metaphor of the agon – which comes from the ancient Greek word for intense struggle, conflict or contest. Agon is the root of the word agony and the focus of the ancient Olympic Games.
The exceptional score was created through a unique collaboration of composers, John Korsrud and Cris Derksen who themselves have emerged through First Nations and European traditions. The world premiere of this extraordinary work took place at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver October 17, 2008
Choreographer: Karen Jamieson
Performers: Ron Stewart, Brian Solomon
Composers: John Korsrud, Cris Derksen
Lighting: Jean Philippe Trépanier
Original Costume Design: Linda Chow
Agon premiered and toured as part of the Sisyphus Project in October 2008.
The Sisyphus Project was a full length program that revealed the new vision of Karen Jamieson Dance; looking both forward and back simultaneously through juxtaposing newly created work with signature works. The content of the 2008 program included the re-creation of masterwork Sisyphus (1983), the re-creation of signature work, Man Within (1989), the premiere of the new duet Agon (2008) and the newly recreated signature work Solo from Chaos (1982).
The Sisyphus Project premiered at the 2007 Vancouver International Dance Festival to sold-out houses and featured a cast of extraordinary intergenerational dancers: including Jay Hirabayashi, the quintessential Sisyphus, to re-create his 1983 role. The program included: Sisyphus, Man Within, Elmer & Coyote and Crow.
The 2008 program of The Sisyphus Project included Sisyphus and Man Within and two new additions: Solo From Chaos and the premiere of Agon – all choreography is by Karen Jamieson, Artistic Director of KJD. It toured British Columbia through the Made In BC - Dance on Tour program.
Tour Original Scores: David K. MacIntyre, Jeff Corness, Ahmed Hassan, John Korsrud and Cris Derksen with a re-creation of the Solo From Chaos score by Joseph “Pepe” Danza.
Tour Lighting: Jean Philippe Trépanier
Tour Costume Designers: Susan Berganzi, Linda Chow and Catherine Lubinsky
Tour Technical Director: Jeff Harrison
Tour Stage Management: Julie Martens
Tour Coordination: Beverly Walker
KJD General Manager: Pamela Tagle