four pairs of legs on a black stage.

J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (Time, Creation, Destruction)

Daina Ashbee
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 7PM
Studio 2

After her EMPAC debut with the solo work Serpentine in December 2022, Canadian choreographer Daina Ashbee returns to Troy, NY for the US premiere of the artist’s first ensemble work.

J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (Time, Creation, Destruction) is a live performance saturated with the incisive, sober precision and poetics of explosion and trance that we recognize as Ashbee’s choreographic signature. Between the growling, yelps, tears, and calls from its staged human pack, Ashbee offers EMPAC audiences an evening to observe human bodies in acts of leading and following, piling on all fours, and passing through trance-like states as we consider pain, tenderness, and sensory experiences without narrative boundaries.

Main Image: J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (Time, Creation, Destruction). Courtesy the artist. Photo: Stephanie Paillet.

Dates + Tickets

J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (Time, Creation, Destruction)
Daina Ashbee
Wednesday 11
7:00 PM
January 2023
$20 / $15 / RPI Students: in advance $6, same day FREE

COVID-19 Policy⁣

Campus community: RPI protocols apply. ID check required.⁣
Off-campus audience: Proof of Vaccination or masking with N-95 mask required. ⁣

When events require everyone to wear a mask in the venue, masks will be available on entry.⁣

Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2023

Event Type


Production Credits
  • Artistic Director and Choreographer: Daina Ashbee
  • Rehearsal Director: Gabriel Nieto
  • Performers: Irene Martínez, Greys Vecchionacce, Gabriel Nieto, Elise Vanderborght, Audrey Sides
  • Mentor: Benoît LaChambre
  • Lighting Designer: Vito Walter
  • Musical compilation: Sean MacPherson, Daina Ashbee, Gabriel Nieto
  • Audio text : Louise Hay Text

Co-production partners: KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Festival TransAmériques—FTA, Agora de la danse, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO), National Arts Centre​, Centre de Création O Vertigo—CCOV, EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center—Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Residency partners: KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Harbourfront Centre (TO), Montpellier Danse (FR), CCOV (Mtl).

Funding partner: Developed with support from the National Art Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Québec​​​​​.