The magnetic Benoît Lachambre performs unsettling rites of passage in a hallucinatory landscape. A “fake solo” of spectacular intensity.
DEATHS AND REBIRTHS
Long cables stretch in converging lines toward infinity, toward the mystery of origins and the future in a hallucinatory landscape where the magnetic Benoît Lachambre performs unsettling rites of passage. He is a feathered serpent, a superhero in latex, a majestic eagle, a surly panhandler or an insect trapped in a spider’s web, shedding layers and changing character with impressive agility. Sculpted by invisible forces, assailed by drizzle and sound storms orchestrated live by musician Hahn Rowe, his body is the vessel for a sensory voyage that subtly deforms the framework of reality.
In 2013 the resounding success of Snakeskins led to the prestigious Montreal Dance Prize awarded to Benoît Lachambre for his exceptional contribution to choreography. An insatiable pioneer exploring the territories of the body, he is back at the FTA for the fifth time with this “fake solo”, accompanied by the performer Daniele Albanese. Spectacularly intense.
PRODUCED BY PAR B.L.EUX
CREATED, CHOREOGRAPHED AND PERFORMED BY BENOÎT LACHAMBRE WITH THE CONTRIBUTION OF DANIELE ALBANESE
SET DESIGN BENOÎT LACHAMBRE + PHILIPPE DUPEYROUX + YVES GODIN
MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED LIVE BY HAHN ROWE
ARTISTIC ASSISTANTS DANIELE ALBANESE + HANNA HEDMAN
COSTUME DESIGN AND PROPS ALEXANDRA BERTAUT
LIGHTING DESIGN YVES GODIN
PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTINE ROSE DIVITO
COPRODUCTION KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS (BRUSSELS) + PACT ZOLLVEREIN – CHOREOGRAPHISCHES ZENTRUM NRW (ESSEN) + ATELIER DE PARIS-CAROLYN CARLSON ET CDC PARIS RÉSEAU – CENTRE DE DÉVELOPPEMENT CHORÉGRAPHIQUE (ATELIER DE PARIS-CAROLYN CARLSON + L’ÉTOILE DU NORD + MICADANSES – ADDP + STUDIO LE REGARD DU CYGNE-AMD XXE) + SNDO (AMSTERDAM) + LA BÂTIE (GENEVA) + MUSÉE DE LA DANSE – CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE RENNES ET DE BRETAGNE
WITH THE SUPPORT OF THÉÂTRE DE LA BASTILLE (PARIS) + VILLE DE PARIS THROUGH ITS PROGRAM OF RESIDENCY AT CITÉ INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS AND THE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION OF COMPAGNIE STALK (PARMA)
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH USINE C
AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF HYDRO-QUÉBEC
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT PACT ZOLLVEREIN, ESSEN, MAY 4, 2012
BENOÎT LACHAMBRE | PAR B.L.EUX (Montreal)
Aesthetics of Living
Renowned in Europe, where his workshops on hyper awareness of the senses have been very popular over the past fifteen years, Benoît Lachambre is an avant-garde Quebec dance artist who focuses on presence, body states and a search for authenticity of movement rather than form or style.
A graduate of the Ballets Jazz de Montréal, he has been pursuing research on physical approaches and improvisation since the 1980s, gradually developing a practice based on body awareness, concentrating on energy, the circulation of fluids, muscular tension and temperature. In 1996 he founded Par B.L.eux (Benoît Lachambre et eux), a research platform where he created some fifteen interdisciplinary works with artists from various backgrounds, including Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz and Marie Chouinard. He was the recipient of a prestigious Bessie Award for Forgeries, Love and Other Matters, created with Meg Stuart and the composer-performer Hahn Rowe, who also accompanies him in Snakeskins. He has previously presented at the FTA the dance pieces 100 rencontres (2005), Is you me (2008, with Louise Lecavalier, Hahn Rowe and Laurent Goldring), Body-Scan (2009, with Su-Feh Lee) and Chutes Incandescentes (2012, with Clara Furey). He has been involved as a choreographer or dancer in more than 20 other productions and has received commissions for 25 choreographies, including I is Memory for Louise Lecavalier and JJ’s Voices and High Heels Too for the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. Recipient of the 1999 Jacqueline Lemieux Award, he received career achievement honours in 2013 with the prestigious Montreal Dance Prize.