Sublime misfits, Paul-André Fortier and Robin Poitras get wild and silly, appearing in a new light in this bittersweet caricature of the grand human comedy.
LOVE, CLOWNING AND OTHER SILLY ANTICS
Although they’ve been around awhile, they view intimate relations as an equation with several unknowns, except that today there are no limitations to expressing their enthusiasms and their failings. They love each other, good or bad. They sound each other out, challenge each other, know how to manipulate one another. Thick as thieves, they also get bored, enjoy a good laugh, tread delicately between candour and cruelty. Under the ambiguous gaze of coyotes created by the Amerindian artist Edward Poitras, they present tender, perverse, hilarious characters – angelic tramps straight out of a Beckett play or burlesque cinema. Sublime misfits.
After a successful and brilliant career over the past 40 years, the choreographer Paul-André Fortier pursues in Misfit Blues an adventure that began at the FTA in 2008 with Cabane. In this duo with the incandescent Robin Poitras (Bells, FTA 2013), he appears here in a new light in this bittersweet caricature of the grand human comedy.
PRODUCED BY FORTIER DANSE-CRÉATION
CHOREOGRAPHED BY PAUL-ANDRÉ FORTIER
PERFORMED BY PAUL-ANDRÉ FORTIER + ROBIN POITRAS
ASSISTANT TO CHOREOGRAPHER AND REHEARSAL MISTRESS GINELLE CHAGNON
MUSIC ALEXANDER MACSWEEN
LIGHTING DESIGN JOHN MUNRO
COSTUME DESIGN DENIS LAVOIE
SET DESIGN AND PROPS EDWARD POITRAS
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + FONDS DE CRÉATION DU RÉSEAU CANDANSE (TORONTO) + CANADA’S NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (OTTAWA) + BRIAN WEBB DANCE COMPANY (EDMONTON) + CANADA DANCE FESTIVAL (OTTAWA)
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
T RANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
THIS WORK IS DEDICATED TO DENIS LAVOIE
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, MAY 31, 2014
PAUL-ANDRÉ FORTIER | FORTIER DANSE-CRÉATION (MONTRÉAL)
The choreographer, dancer and teacher Paul-André Fortier has created some fifty choreographies to date. The recipient of several awards, including the 2012 Governor General’s Award, this pioneer of Quebec contemporary dance is renowned for the rigour and elegance of his style, his interest in personal and social tensions and his taste for constraints and risk, which were particularly apparent in Solo 30X30 (2006) and in the more performative style of his recent works.
Drawn to dance in his twenties, he participated in the first pieces by Édouard Lock and Daniel Léveillé within the Groupe Nouvelle Aire, where he soon created provocative and transgressive choreographies. After pursuing further studies in Paris, he founded Fortier Danse-Création in Montreal in 1981 and was part of the first FIND festival in 1985, becoming a regular participant. Moving gradually from narration to abstraction, he increasingly collaborated with visual artists such as Betty Goodwin, Pierre Bruneau, Takao Minami and, this time round, with Edward Poitras, a visual artist who lives in the George Gordon First Nations reserve in Saskatchewan. Using diverse media and organic material in installations imbued with both spirituality and politics, Poitras presents in Misfit Blues a real feel for set design and visual staging, a skill he developed working with the Regina dancer and choreographer Robin Poitras. She made a strong impression with FTA audiences last year with her walkabout performance piece Bells 13. After creating the solo piece SHE for her in 2009, Paul-André Fortier decided to create a more theatrical, performative work unrelated to his regular approach, adding the feminine in this third part of his trilogy that began with Cabane (FTA, 2008), where he worked with the multidisciplinary artist Rober Racine, and Vertiges (2012), a duo with the violinist Malcolm Goldstein.