A celebration of the beating pulse of life, bang bang tests the body’s resistance to being airborne – at the risk of falling.
In this new solo Manuel Roque experiences the full impact of a body thrown far beyond its limits. In Data (FTA, 2015) he revealed with force and lyricism the contortions involved in having the body stand up and maintain its balance, and here he presents a strange, ecstatic composition on jumping. A celebration of the beating pulse of life, bang bang tests the body’s resistance to being airborne – at the risk of falling.
Playing with the history of dance, jumping as portrayed here is not a pursuit of spectacular elevation. He unrelentingly strikes the floor as though he can’t stop bouncing, rebounding, vibrating. In choreography that reveals humanity in all its imperfection, he strives for full mastery of his movements, giving rise to a spirited yet elusive dance, a veritable quest for transcendence where virtuosity is gradually undermined by flaws and weaknesses. Cracks and gaps appear in the body undergoing this test of endurance, and thus exhaustion arises from the universal experience of vulnerability.
Produced by Cie Manuel Roque
Choreographed and performed by Manuel Roque
Rehearsals and artistic advisors Sophie Corriveau + Lucie Vigneault
Dramaturgy Peter James
Costume and set design Marilène Bastien
Lighting design Marc Parent
Soundtrack Manuel Roque
Music excerpts Frédéric Chopin + Claude Debussy + Merzbow + Tino Rossi + 2001, l’Odyssée de l’espace by Stanley Kubrick + Solaris by Andreï Tarkovski
Production, technical and set manager Judith Allen
Photo Marilène Bastien
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of La Fabrik (Postdam) + Maison de la culture Frontenac + Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique + Théâtre Hector-Charland (L’Assomption) + Les Subsistances (Lyon) + Agora de la danse
Presented in association with Théâtre Prospero
Written by Mylène Joly
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Subsistances, Lyon, on March 30, 2017
Manuel Roque (Montreal)
Cie Manuel Roque
Manuel Roque has established a position in Quebec dance as one of its most charismatic and eclectic performers.
After multidisciplinary studies in piano, theatre and the circus arts, he plunged into the world of dance and promptly began performing for choreographers with strong and very diverse signature styles, including Paul-André Fortier, Sylvain Émard, Marie Chouinard and Peter James, to name but a few. While continuing to work on circus collaborations and to pursue his career as a dancer and a teacher, he then turned his hand to choreography.
He won over audiences with his piece RAW-me, receiving several prizes at Festival Vue sur la Relève in 2011. As apparent in Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde (2012), Projet in situ (2013), 4-OR (2015) and Crazy Dance (2016), his style is imbued with colourful theatricality and rigorous physicality. First presented in 2014, Data (FTA, 2015) firmly established his choreographic style, a blend of stripped-down aesthetics and virtuoso movement.
Invited to take part in the international artistic residency Migrant Bodies in 2014-15, he created Black Matter, a solo performed entirely in the dark, echoing the plight of migrants and refugees. From one project to the next, he is an artist who constantly dares to leap into the unknown, fully assuming the risks inherent in perpetually reinventing his art.