Photo Chris Randle

Status Quo 2010

Duration: 40 minutes
Premiere: July 9 and 10, 2008
Choreography and Direction: Shay Kuebler and Amber Funk Barton
Performers: Amber Funk Barton, Shay Kuebler, Josh Martin, Sasha Kozak
Sound Design and Editing: Shay Kuebler
Light Design: Jason Dubois

Status Quo is the result of Shay Kuebler and Amber Funk Barton joining forces to create movement that is dynamically bold and emotionally captivating due to its velocity, speed, musicality and articulation. A quartet for three men and a woman, Status Quo reflects the desire for instant entertainment resulting in numbed experiences. Inspired by channel surfing and television saturation, Status Quo is a journey that combines contemporary technique with an urban aesthetic as it abruptly shifts from scene to scene, or channel to channel, leaving both the performers and audience breathless.

Status Quo was originally commissioned for the Dancing on the Edge Festival’s 20th Anniversary for its 10 for 20 Commission Project. In 2010 Status Quo was supported by the Firehall Arts Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Vancouver and was presented at the Canada Dance Festival and was presented for a second time at the Dancing on the Edge Festival.