Stroking The Unknown Dog

Choreographed by
Emmalena Fredriksson.
Developed in collaboration with
Alex Mah
Alexa Mardon
Ashley Whitehead
Layla Marcelle
Maria Houar
and Marc Arboleda.

Goldcorp Center for the Arts, Vancouver / Photo credits: Adam Campkin


Originally conceived in Ireland in 2010, Stroking The Unknown Dog traveled through time - grew longer hair, sharper edges, a bigger heart and wilder dreams.

The work is a choreographic exploration of the performance score as a framework for articulating sensation, thoughts and feelings through movement and sound. The six performers continuously make choices of how to follow and respond to a set of instructions throughout the performance, creating a real time composition of ever-changing bodies and relationships while pondering notions of individuality, community and the animals within. As a result each performance becomes unique to its time and place.

Stroking The Unknown Dog (2014) invites you to the world as we don’t know it, to swim in the grey zone and to tickle the unknown.

-Emmalena Fredriksson

Copyright 2021 Layla Marcelle