Proud, fragile and luminous dancers. A choreographer in full mastery of his technique and his art presents a work where sadness loses its solemnity.
On a bare stage dancers rise up, proud, fragile and as luminous as marble. One after another, nude bodies merge together, rushing toward each other. Their solitude persists beyond their embraces, their dreams tinged with sadness.
In counterpoint to the invisible lines delineated in the space, Daniel Léveillé evokes those hollow moments where time seems to be suspended, where melancholy threatens. He draws from that ambience a gentleness previously absent from his rigorous, minimalist and demanding aesthetics. A variable-geometry quartet, this new piece is a perfect echo of his previous works, clearly reflecting a choreographer in full mastery of his technique and dancers at the very peak of their artistry. Guiding this spirit of melancholy, the muted sound of music from another century accompanies the dancers in a performance where sadness loses its solemnity.
Produced by Daniel Léveillé Danse
Choreographed by Daniel Léveillé
Performed by Mathieu Campeau + Dany Desjardins + Ellen Furey + Esther Gaudette + Justin Gionet + Simon Renaud
Music John Dowland + Marin Marais + Luca Marenzio + Claudio Monteverdi + Josquin des Prés + Giovanni Salvatore + Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Lighting Design Marc Parent
Choreography Assistant Sophie Corriveau
Rehearsal Directors Sophie Corriveau + Frédéric Boivin
Participation in development of choreographic language Emmanuel Proulx
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster) + Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson Creative Residency Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Written by Mylène Joly
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 30, 2018
In memory of Martine Époque
Daniel Léveillé (Montreal)
Daniel Léveillé Danse
Daniel Léveillé initially studied architecture before taking dance training with the Entre-Six company and also with the Groupe Nouvel Aire.
He ventured into choreography in 1974, opting for dance tinged with theatricality. Works such as Amour, acide et noix (2001), La pudeur des icebergs (2004) and Crépuscule des océans (FTA, 2007) confirmed his unique style. Stripped of narrative, each dance piece serves the particular space and the bodies occupying that space. His powerful movements and rigorous rhythm make their mark in forceful, uncompromising fashion, dynamic expressions of his minimalist aesthetics.
A gifted teacher, Daniel Léveillé taught dance creation and performance at the University of Quebec at Montreal from 1988 to 2012. He nonetheless continued to pursue his dance career, and now enjoys an international reputation. He founded his company Daniel Léveillé Danse in 1991.
Since 2005 its mission also includes promoting young Quebec artists who are in the avant-garde of the performing arts. His 2013 piece Solitudes solo received the award for best dance work from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. That sparked a new creative cycle, which led to Solitudes duo (2015) and Sadness Quartet (2018), the most recent opus in the series. Daniel Léveillé is the winner of the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal 2017.