Pour is a work that explores the vulnerability and strength of women, uncovering the layers of pain we absorb in our bodies through a society that does not support them. Like her previous works, Ashbee has created a dark and disturbing creation that confronts it’s audiences.

Choreographically, Ashbee hopes to transform energy through performance and liberate her desires to occupy space with her body and even play amongst and against the frameworks she feels warped her self-image as an adolescent.  She used her own menstrual cycle as the hub of her interest throughout the development of the work.

Her synthetic set design mimics natural landscape. Her use of repetition evokes transformation which hints towards many possibilities for a resolution, while maintaining an intense vulnerability between the performer and the audience.

Paige Culley’s courageous performance traverses states of liberation, control, pain, beauty and catharihism  in a live and intimate setting.


Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance, which intelligently approach such complex subjects and taboos as female sexuality, Métis identity, and climate change.
In 2017, she presented her work at the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Dance Biennale in Munich and Tanzdage an International Dance Festival in Potsdam (Germany), FTA (Festival TransAmériques) in Montreal, the Venice Biennale in Italy, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Actoral Festival in Marseille and Usine-C in Montreal.
In November 2016, she was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015–2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated. Last year, Daina was named by the prestigious TANZ magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year, as well as one of 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine.

Creation : Daina Ashbee
Choreography and set design : Daina Ashbee
Interpreted by : Paige Culley
Lighting Design : Hugo Dalphond
Music : Jean-Francois Blouin
Understudy : Émilie Morin
Outside Eyes:  Andrew Tay et Angelique Wilkie
Technical director : Daina Ashbee


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