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Transformation | Emigration | Growth
Solo || 50 minutes 

Habitat is a multidisciplinary solo inspired by the life cycle of hermit crabs, serving as a metaphor for the artist's emigration journey from Uruguay to Canada. Hermit crabs don’t have a shell; instead, they house themselves in objects according to their size. As they grow, their object becomes limiting and uncomfortable, so they look for a new one.


This multidisciplinary piece combines movement, sound, a paper sculpture named Hermes (made of 600 articulated paper cones) and lighting. All elements are controlled in real time by the performer, which serves as her shell, her habitat. The lighting and sculpture create beautiful visual effects reminiscent of aurora borealis. All these elements make of Habitat a hypnotic poetic experience with an aquatic eerie atmosphere.

Creative Team

Choreography and performance: Bettina Szabo

Sculpture: Jacinthe Derasp

Music composer: Ana Dall'Ara Majek, Joel Lavoie

Dramaturge: Morena Prats

Wearable electronics: Alexandra Bachmayer

Costume: Anomal Couture

Rehearsal Director: Laurie-Anne Langis, Annie Gagnon, Philippe Poirier

Lighting design: Paul Chambers

Spatialization: Thibaut Carpentier

Technial Director: Audrée J. Lewka

Management: Aaron Fernandes

Press quotes

Spatialized music bursts from everywhere, runs through our spine. This short, accomplished creation is a work of proximity. — Nayla Naoufal, Le Devoir

[...] beautiful images are created with strength and brilliance throughout the play. — DF Danse

Upcoming events: 

Figuren Theater Festival, Nuremberg, May 20th 2023

Lightning Guerrilla Festival, Ljubljana, June 2nd 2023

Dance Base by Assembly Theatre, Fringe Edinburg, 15th-27 August 2023 


Presented at:

La Rotonde, Quebec 2023,CAM on Tour, Montreal 2023BIDAM, Busan 2022, La Fundicion, Bilbao 2022, 

Excerpts at:

Off-CINARS, Montreal 2022Tangente, Montreal 2020, Parcours Danse 2019, Montreal, 2019, Festival ZH, Montreal, 2017, Métamorphose, Studio 303, Montreal, 2016 

With the generous support and collaboration of

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