This Winnipeg choreographer is creating live cinematic chase scenes
From frat boy hazing rituals to terrifying dark pursuits on foot, Ming Hon knows the thrill of the pursuit
As Winnipeg-based choreographer Ming Hon will tell you, there's a whole sub-section of movies best remembered for the chase scene they contain at their heart — think Casino Royale, The Dark Knight, any movie featuring Jason Bourne). So when Hon decided to create a performance completely made from the idea of pursuit, she had a ton of material to draw from.
The resulting Chase Scenes #1-58, which Hon has brought to Toronto's SummerWorks festival this year, covers a surprising emotional breadth. And in this video directed by Tahiat Mahboob, we find out why trying to get inside the head of both the pursuer and the pursued creates a conversation about comedy, energy, and the distance between genders.
And the whole thing plays out with real chases, in front of and through the audience, with performers simultaneously filming the action and projecting it onto huge screens (now you get the picture: Ming Hon is creating live cinematic chase scenes).
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