The Mars Hotel

 The Mars Hotel is a vivacious ensemble work for dancers Noam Gagnon and Ziyian Kwan, accompanied by live musicians Peggy Lee, Aram Bajakian and JP Carter of the band Handmade Blade. Five elite performers bring to life, a series of whimsical and irreverent vignettes that unravel the word ‘love’. The Mars Hotel, which responds to author P.W. Bridgman’s flash fiction of the same title, has been described as ” deliberately askew – a queer take on love – that resists any totalizing grand narrative in favour of a slow accretion of episodes that are consistently off-kilter, that keep us off-balance and throw us off-course. ” Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place & Politics

Photos: David Cooper | Noam Gagnon & Ziyian Kwan


The Mars Hotel has been generously supported through artistic collaborations, presenting partnerships and funding organizations. Links:

Artists: Noam Gagnon / Vision Impure http://www.visionimpure.org | Aram Bajakian http://arambajakian.com | JP Carter https://jpcarter.ca | Peggy Lee http://www.peggylee.net | PW Bridgman https://pwbridgman.ca | David Cooper: http://www.davidcooperphotography.com | Deanna Peters http://mutablesubject.ca

Presenting Partners: The Firehall Arts Centre http://firehallartscentre.ca | Crimson Coast Dance http://www.crimsoncoastdance.com | Dance Victoria http://dancevictoria.com | The Dance Centre http://www.thedancecentre.ca

Funding: Canada Council For The Arts http://canadacouncil.ca/ | The British Columbia Arts Council http://www.bcartscouncil.ca