With Julie Andrée T., when performance-installation encounters theatre the blend is unsettling and fascinating. This artist, whose iconoclastic approach is much appreciated both here and abroad, has dazzled audiences with these two hybrid works where dialogue, a series of actions and a mishmash of unusual images are gradually distilled into poetry. Disconcerting, moving and unclassifiable, these pieces deploy an astounding transformation of the body by means of a metamorphosis of the stage landscape.
In Not Waterproof, Julie Andrée T. plays with the codes of representation and refuses all semblance of character. She exchanges the dramatic text for writing based on action. Subjected to a series of ordeals, pulverized and dirtied, her body becomes a dreamscape. In exposing her vulnerability, she quietly conveys the impermanent and ephemeral nature of our lives.
Like an effervescent fraternal twin, Rouge also makes the body the vector of sudden poetic vistas, but this time by exploring chaos. A depiction in extreme monochrome, this constantly mutating piece takes shape in a frenzy of accumulation where repetition of the question “What colour is this?” serves as a veritable mantra. This captivating work is imbued with a beguiling madness and a search for the infinite.
The Hour, 2008
« Avec Not Waterproof, oeuvre aux limites du théâtre et de la performance, Julie-Andrée T. explore l’universalité du corps. (…) Artiste de l’endurance plutôt que de la souffrance (…) elle fait du corps, son corps, sa matière première. »
Le Devoir, 2009
Projects by : Julie Andrée T.
In association with : Jean Jauvin , Laurent Maslé
Conceived and Performed by : Julie Andrée T.
Lighting Design : Jean Jauvin
Sound Design : Laurent Maslé
Coproduction : Festival TransAmériques, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil/studio Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et de la convention culturesfrance / Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté, Théâtre La Chapelle
Executive Producer : Marie-Andrée Gougeon for Daniel Léveillé danse
In association with Monument-National
Text: Catherine Cyr
English Translation: Neil Kroetsch
Photos: Guy L'Heureux