Eight minutes of sensual enchantment where bodies are mingled with video images of intimate embrace and lovers’ fantasies. Torrid and poetic.
Two naked bodies, a thermal camera, a video projector, headphones, a few secret manipulations and presto, Stéphane Gladyszewski lures the audience by the senses and leads us deep within. Chaleur humaine creates a torrid ambience. The gasp of desire materializes in colourful waves along a thigh. Caresses trace the path of pleasure across an abdomen or the curve of a hip. The movement of the dancers is lost in video images of their lovemaking and their fantasies and we fall, like them, under the giddy spell of love.Intense moments of sensual enchantment.
VIDEO AND CHOREOGRAPHY DESIGNED BY STÉPHANE GLADYSZEWSKI
WITH EMMANUEL PROULX + ELLEN FUREY
PROJECTIONNIST JUSTINE RICARD
SOUND DESIGN ERIC FORGET
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ANNE GUILLAUME
COPRODUCTION LA 2E PORTE À GAUCHE + AGORA DE LA DANSE
CO-PRESENTED BY CŒUR DES SCIENCES DE L’UQÀM
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT KINGDOM GENTLEMAN’S CLUB, MONTREAL, SEPTEMBRE 18, 2011
STÉPHANE GLADYSZEWSKI (MONTRÉAL)
Body Media, Body Screen
He has danced for Daniel Léveillé and Nicolas Cantin, but Stéphane Gladyszewski started out studying photography and interdisciplinary arts, choices that have influenced his creative approach.
After an initial video installation, he took to the stage in 2003 withIn Side, which combined video projection, performance art and theatrical objects. The fusion of bodies and images to create an illusion began in 2005 with Aura. Both pieces were presented at the “Nouvelles scenes” showcase at the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques. Three years later he further refined his approach in his first full-length piece, Corps noir, a self-portrait both fictitious and real. A trenchant plunge into the subconscious, it combined sensitive and intelligent use of a made-to-measure light box/camera/projector he constructed. He again experimented with thermal imagery and retinal retention inCorps noir Annexe II, presented at theMicro Climatsevent (FTA, 2009). Invited last year by La 2e Porte à Gauche to be part of the Danse à 10adventure in a nude dancing bar, this creative inventor once again conjoined technology and the subconscious to create Chaleur humaine, a work that perfectly merges art and eroticism.