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HIT AND FALL

CAROLINE LAURIN-BEAUCAGE, MARTIN MESSIER

A musician, a dancer, a drum kit and thus a merciless combat between sound and flesh, the percussion creating an adrenaline rush.

Details

Percussive Confrontation
The attack is explosive. The sound reverberates throughout the space, imposing its presence. The movement smashes forward as though through a glass door, the sound the source of its strength and its ruin, both hit and fall. The composer-performer Martin Messier and the choreographer-dancer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage throw themselves headlong into a fiery set-to around a set of drums, a merciless combat between sound and flesh. No brushes softly caressing the drum skins, no drum rolls to herald what’s coming. Disassembled on the floor, the percussive beast can perhaps be soothed and calmed, but only for a moment. Invincible and impassive, it watches the dancer flail in a furious, vain struggle.

Using physical connection to the drums, the two Quebec artists explore the powerful link between dance and music in this short piece consisting of four frenetic tableaux, the percussion creating an adrenaline rush.

Credits

PRODUCED BY 14 LIEUX

CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE CAROLINE LAURIN-BEAUCAGE COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY MARTIN MESSIER ARTISTIC ADVISORSARAH HANLEY

PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONUMENT-NATIONAL

PREMIERED AT BAIN SAINT-MICHEL, MONTREAL, JUNE 2009

WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADOTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH

 

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