May 28 & 29 at 8 p.m.
May 30 at 4 p.m.
Duration: 1 h
May 29: Meet the artists after the performance
Regular Price: 38$
25 and under, 65 and over: 31$
May 29: Meet Ginette Laurin > QG > 2 pm
Long fascinated by the human body, a fantastic and multifaceted machine, the choreographer Ginette Laurin penetrates here into its innermost depths. What can be heard deep within? Is it possible to render visible or audible the forces that move (in both senses of the word) the body? Seeking to flush emotion out from its deep recesses and its most primal forms of expression, she eavesdrops on its breathing, its murmurs, its heartbeats. They constitute the soundscape and the rhythms of an invisible, organic dance and music that resonate with the footsteps, physical contact and gentle touching of dancers on a âprocessedâ wooden floor. The heartbeat of one propels the other. Martin Messier gives musical shape to that raw rhythm, and British composer Michael Nyman orchestrates counterpoints with lyrical overtones. Luminous oscillations vibrate against a backdrop, echoing the inner agitation of the dancing women and men. As eight performers move in and out of tune with each other, the gaze moves beyond the skin (vibrant with the blood coursing beneath it), beyond the breath expelled, and matter-movement emerges from the depths. Shock wave or dream catcher?
Many works by Ginette Laurin, who established the O Vertigo company in 1984, have become classics, such as Chagall (1989), La chambre blanche, created in 1992 and reworked in 2008, La vie qui bat (1999) with the SociÃ©tÃ© de musique contemporaine du QuÃ©bec, and Luna (2001). An internationally renowned talent, she has toured the United States, Mexico, Europe, China and Japan. Both Ginette Laurin and her company have received several awards, including a Jean A. Chalmers award from the Ontario Arts Council and, for La chambre blanche, the grand prize from the Conseil des arts de la CommunautÃ© urbaine de MontrÃ©al, a Dora Mavor Moore award in Toronto and the Prix reconnaissance from UQAM, her alma mater. She is often invited to give lectures and workshops at universities and dance training centres, and has taught in Munich at Tanzwerkstatt Europa, in Rome at Coreografi internazionali a confronto, in England (where she directed the first choreography lab organized by the Performing Arts Lab) and in Zurich at the Swiss International Coaching Project.
La vie qui bat (reprise 2009)
âThe choreography by Ginette Laurin connected the dancers through its organic movements, and the whole stage pulsated.â
Takao Norikoshi, DDD, Tokyo, January 2010
âLaurin arrives at a convincing form of expression that blurs the borders between art exhibition and performance: pictures, action and sound overlap and can be experienced both individually and as a single large entityâ¦â
Gesa PÃ¶lert, DÃ¼sseldorfer Kultur, DÃ¼sseldorf, Nov. 4, 2006
Produced by O Vertigo
Choreography: Ginette Laurin
Performers: Marianne Gignac-Girard + RÃ©mi Laurin-Ouellette + Chi Long + Robert Meilleur + James Phillips + Gillian Seaward-Boone + Audrey Thibodeau + Wen-Shuan Yang
Lighting Design: Martin Labrecque
Instrumental Music: Michael Nyman
Sound Design and Electroacoustic Composition: Martin Messier
Costume Design: Marc SenÃ©cal
Hair & Make-Up: Angelo Barsetti
Rehearsal Mistress: Annie Gagnon
Coproduction HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts (Dresden) + Festival TransAmÃ©riques + Festival de Marseille + Usine C
Presented in Association with Usine C
Redaction: MichÃ¨le Febvre
Traduction: Neil Kroetsch