A tribute to the complexity
of female sexuality
Leaky Immediations, Lara Oundjian’s fascinating multi-sensory piece
By Jacqueline van de Geer
January 18, 2024
Lara Oundjian presents Leaky Immediations, an exciting choreography for a leaky body. Working against objectification and towards excess and ambivalence, the body is fleshy, rumbling, both porous and uncapturable. Like a lake, Leaky Immediations is an ecology of slippery relations.
Lara Oundjian is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in Montreal/Tiotià:ke, of Swiss, Armenian and British heritage. She trained in contemporary dance, choreography, somatic practices and practice-based theory of various contexts in Berlin, Stockholm and Montreal. From a place that is both personal and political, she is busy with various kinds of feminist and queer-embodied emancipation.
Leaking Immediations, a tribute to the complexity of female sexuality can be seen once more on Friday evening, January 19 at Théâtre La Chapelle – don’t miss it!
I had the pleasure of witnessing this interdisciplinary adventure on January 15. In this multi-sensory piece, Lara invites us into a series of dialogues between her body and sonic objects, small bodies of water, glassy thresholds, dripping wigs, and wrinkled sheets among other things.
Leaky Immediations is a fascinating performance, just as water as an element is fascinating, transparent, wet, strong, unpredictable, and comforting. Lara plays with her body, water and wigs in an ongoing exploration while we, the audience, sit around her domain, making this experience very intimate. As Lara peaks in the final phase of her journey, she utters a deep growl while snippets of opera are heard.
Leaky Immediations is a fascinating performance, just as water as an element is fascinating, transparent, wet, strong, unpredictable, and comforting.
I really enjoyed this non-linear experience, not only because of the strong movement but also because of the sound design, the scenography and the lighting design. All these elements make the performance like a strange, watery dreamscape – a fantastic, fluid and dextrously dysphoric creative controlled chaos. See for yourself!
January 15, 16 and 19 at La Chapelle
Feature image: frame from Vimeo preview
Originally from the Netherlands, Jacqueline van de Geer crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 to live and work in Montréal. She has a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and performance arts.