Au sein des plus raides vertus
Catherine Gaudet incites trouble with dance rooted in emotion. Exposing our psychic complexity, she holds up a mirror of our contradictions. Extremely effective.
They stretch toward the light. They aspire to joy, to beatitude, and fight like lions to attain their heaven, tormented by an insidious fire burning within. Instincts and fears nourish the invincible force that possesses them, undermines them, propels them forward. Impossible to keep silent a body that betrays the slightest hesitation. Impossible to put up a good front in order to safeguard appearances. In Au sein des plus raides vertus, angels and devils do not get along, but are obliged to live together in constant tension. The challenge for these four men and women is to indulge in ecstasy amidst the fires of hell.
A daring choreographer of absolute integrity, Catherine Gaudet incites trouble with dance that is rooted in emotion. Extolling the theatricality of the body in order to expose our psychic complexity, in this piece she explores morality as a mirror of our contradictions. Extremely effective.
PRODUCED BY CATHERINE GAUDET + LORGANISME
CHOREOGRAPHED BY CATHERINE GAUDET CREATED IN ASSOCIATION WITH DANY DESJARDINS + FRANCIS DUCHARME + CAROLINE GRAVEL + ANNIK HAMEL + SOPHIE MICHAUD + GAÉTAN NADEAU
PERFORMED BY DANY DESJARDINS + FRANCIS DUCHARME + CAROLINE GRAVEL + ANNIK HAMEL
LIGHTING DESIGN ALEXANDRE PILON‐GUAY
MUSIC JACQUES POULIN‐DENIS
ASSISTANT DRAMATURG AND REHEARSAL MISTRESS SOPHIE MICHAUD
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + LE PHÉNIX – SCÈNE NATIONALE DE VALENCIENNES
CREATIVE RESIDENCIES CENTRE SEGAL + CIRCUIT-EST CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE + COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD + THÉÂTRE LA CHAPELLE + O VERTIGO
CODIFFUSION THÉÂTRE LA CHAPELLE
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, MAY 27, 2014
CATHERINE GAUDET (Montréal)
Embodying the Psyche
A graduate of UQAM, Catherine Gaudet established from the outset a reputation as a choreographer with a strong, distinctive style. Slipping under the mask of social conventions, she tracks down the convulsive movements of the subconscious in the body, the micro movements that reveal emotions and sensations we try to hide. Obsessed by the quest for existential truth and well-being, she plunges into the meanderings of the psyche, finding beauty in flaws and contradictions. Her state of dance emerges from opposing forces that constrain and control her tormented characters. Her raw yet precise physicality is complemented by a theatricality that subtly combines absurd dramatic tensions with black humour.
She presented her first choreography in 2004, making her mark over the next two years with Grosse fatigue – acclaimed in Denmark – and L’arnaque, where she was already probing the difficulties of human relations that she had earlier portrayed in Alex Lalune, her only work for young audiences. In 2009 she delved into the effects of loss in her first long piece, L’invasion du vide, named by the weekly Voir as one of its Top 5, a listing she received again in 2012 for Je suis un autre. That piece scratched beneath the surface of social façade to reveal the ambiguity of beings grappling with their contradictions. This year, in addition to Au sein des plus raides vertus, she created Roméo et Juliette with Jérémie Niel, one of the pieces featured in 2050 Mansfield – Rendez-vous à l’hôtel, an event orchestrated by La 2e Porte à Gauche, of which she is a member.