IAM: Cosmic, 2023


From the Latin for ‘now’, IAM (ee-yam) is a story told through dance and light: an immersive performance and installation about perspectives in pandemic times. IAM follows the story of the pandemic through four different material realms, from molecular to cosmic.

In the final act of IAM, we explore the vastness of space. At this scale our human struggles are inconsequential. In Cosmic, the dancers portray dark matter, playfully and mysteriously interacting with the energies they encounter. Cosmic is a journey away from earth toward our beginnings. As we venture to the Big Bang, waves of electromagnetic energy flow and the fabric of the universe heaves in perpetual motion.

The online exhibition of this piece presented by the Aga Khan Museum can be view here.


Director: Radha Chaddah
Choreography: Allie Blumas, Open Fortress
Composer: Jaclyn Blumas
Director of Photography: Henry Sansom
Featuring: Lee Gelbloom, Allie Blumas
Director of Choreography: Anna Mayberry
Production Design: Radha Chaddah
Editors: Nicole Sison, Marc Boucrot
Costume Design: Call and Response Clothing
Production Manager: Andrew Finlay Stewart
Assistant Director: Jaclyn Blumas
Visual Effects: Zak Tatham, Pomelo Studio
Colorist: Marc Boucrot
Camera Assistants: Moeinreza Motallebi, Jason Lin, Daniel Poirier, Sam Ponting
Dolly Grips: Adrienne McLaren Devenyi, Valen O’Neill
Documentarian: Andrew Finlay Stewart
Production Assistant: Valen O’Neill
Producers: Radha Chaddah, Jaclyn Blumas
Executive Producers: Under 5 Studio, Merely Players 

Special Thanks to
Dave Marcus
Margaret Sim
Darcy and Michael Fehllings
Geoff Morgan 

Produced with Financial Support from
Under 5 Studio
Merely Players
Canada Council of the Arts
Toronto Arts Council

Filmed on location in Toronto
© Radha Chaddah

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