A flock of urban personas traversing the Quartier des spectacles, bells ringing at their every step. A meditative procession, an enchanting passage through the urban space.
A sound poem emerges from the asphalt, immediately captivating the ear. The eye dwells on a ceremonious migration of urban hybrid personas, a manifestation inhabiting the heart of the city. Walking in meditative procession, the strange flock pauses to mark their enchanting passage through the urban space with bell songs.
Beguiled by the song of migratory birds, fascinated by their seasonal movements and their herd instinct, Robin Poitras has imagined a new way of looking at the familiar downtown core, cleansing our gaze, giving fresh meaning to city spaces. Bells 13 resonates with bells both familiar and distant. Their wide range of colours and origins, tones and notes, are suspended in mid-flight, striking a chord with the listener. Starting off from the Grande Bibliothèque, 13 performers will ring the alarm, disrupting our routines and chiming their way in step with our strolls through the city. For a resounding moment, the Quartier des spectacles will stir to the peal of bells.
CREATED BY ROBIN POITRAS
PERFORMED BY GUEST ARTISTSGINELLE CHAGNON + TONY CHONG + PAIGE CULLEY + SASHA IVANOCHKO + BENJAMIN KAMINO + DENIS LAVOIE + ASTRID LLOYD + DAVIDA MONK + ROBIN POITRAS + CAROL PRIEUR + ROBER RACINE + RON STEWART + BRIAN WEBB
PHOTO ANA RITA RODRIGUE
CO-PRESENTED BY QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES THANKS TOBIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES NATIONALES DU QUÉBEC
WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
ROBIN POITRAS (REGINA)
Robin Poitras lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan. Iconoclastic and visionary, she reveals meaning through complex interplays between sound, image, words and movement. Her research has led her to create choreographies and installations in harmony with nature and myth.
In 2009 she founded Rouge-gorge, a project-based company for creation and research, producing contemporary dance and performance works with an interdisciplinary approach.Bells 13 is part of the multiform project Bell Works. Starting as a solo, it became a trio and then an octet, travelling to Vancouver, Spain and Ottawa. Its bells resonated under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and then at the National Gallery of Canada in 2011, under the monumental sculptureMaman by Louise Bourgeois.
Co-founder of New Dance Horizons in 1986, she continues to act as artistic director, and her interdisciplinary approach attracts a growing number of followers. In 2004 she received the Women of Distinction Award for the Arts from the city of Regina, and in 2006 the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Mayor’s Awards for Business and the Arts in Regina. She has worked with well-known choreographers such as Paul-André Fortier, Benoît Lachambre and Margie Gillis. Her works have travelled all over Canada, and to Austria, France, Spain, Germany, Mexico and Mongolia. Last year at the Festival TransAmériques, she was part of the exhibit Le corps en question (s) by Isabelle Van Grimde.