Behind: Une danse dont vous êtes le héros
An invitation to solve a choreographic riddle by interpreting sparingly dispensed visual and sound cues. A whimsical sensory experience that embraces the playful and the unexpected.
Fill in the Blanks
Why would a choreographer direct her dancers without ever seeing how their bodies inhabit the space? Marie Béland imposed that mad constraint in a bold experiment, BEHIND: une danse dont vous êtes le héros, where she invites the audience to view the choreography through the keyhole, as it were. It is up to us to observe the shadows made by the dancers and the diffuse reflection of their silhouettes and then fill in the blanks, piecing together the portrait of a couple’s increasingly forceful back-and-forth by interpreting visual and sound clues that are dispensed sparingly. And when is she going to open the damn panels that obstruct our vision?
One of the most dynamic young choreographers of her generation, Marie Béland asks radical questions in this short piece about codes of representation and the dancers’ relation to the spectator. A whimsical sensory experience alive with the playful and the unexpected.
maribé – sors de ce corps: Expansive Approach
Founded in 2005, the company produces works for the general public such as BEHIND… andDieu ne t’a pas créé…, as well as pieces for young audiences such as RAYON X: a true decoy story and Twis-manivelle, along with in situ performance pieces such as Les précédents, an outdoor choreographic architecture project. In its approach it questions the very medium of dance, exposing the underpinnings of the form and what goes on behind the scenes, so that the spectator becomes the person spoken to or, at times, the very source of inspiration. A view of dance that serves as a pretext for a delightful study of human nature.
PRODUCED BY MARIBÉ – SORS DE CE CORPS
CREATED BY MARIE BÉLANDARTISTIC CONTRIBUTOR AND PERFORMER RACHEL HARRIS + PETER TROSZTMER DRAMATURGYKATYA MONTAIGNAC MUSICAVEC PAS D’CASQUE (STÉPHANE LAFLEUR + NICOLAS MOUSSETTE + JOËL VAUDREUIL) LIGHTING DESIGN FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL SET DESIGN FRÉDÉRICK GRAVEL + JONATHAN INKSETTER
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONUMENT–NATIONAL
PREMIERED AT TANGENTE, MONTREAL, DECEMBER 2010
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADOTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
MARIE BÉLAND (MONTRÉAL)
Marie Béland, In Search of a Wide Audience
Since graduating from UQAM in 2003 Marie Béland has been working constantly, with 10 choreographies to her credit.
Keen on demystifying contemporary dance in order to reach a larger audience, she employs theatricality, humour and live musicians like MC Gilles in Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser and the group Avec pas d’casque in BEHIND… To further engage the audience, she co-founded the dynamic organization La 2e porte à gauche. She also co-founded and is a performer with the interdisciplinary collective Le P.I.Q.U.A.N.T., and a dancer in concerts by the group Handclaps.