Fear and Greed
Frédérick Gravel in a solo: his outlandish vision of the world, his irony, his lengthy questions without answers, his singular style of movement, his guitar and his pop attitude.
Frédérick Gravel in a solo. His outlandish vision of the world, his irony, his lengthy questions without answers, his singular style of movement, his guitar, his pop attitude. A Festival regular usually surrounded by dancers, here he takes the stage by storm as only he can, portraying the twists and turns of his sardonic mind and the originality of his unique style. Jump in for the ride!
With the elegance of a panther and the candour of a man who can’t be fooled, the choreographer, dancer and musician pulls out all the stops. He has fun concocting a character, a sort of self-fascinated double, and is accompanied by veteran musicians under the direction of Philippe Brault. His artistic accomplice Étienne Lepage serves as dramaturge. As always, a common thread is his distinctive way of shattering any desire for comfort, for building a world without any certainty, without frank, candid debate. A firebrand.
Produced by DLD-Daniel Léveillé Danse
Directed, conceived and performed by Frédérick Gravel
Dramaturgy and Texts Étienne Lepage
Artistic Assistant and Rehearsal Director Jamie Wright
Music Director Philippe Brault
Music created by Nicolas Basque + Philippe Brault + Frédérick Gravel + José Major
Lighting Design Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Musicians Nicolas Basque + Philippe Brault (2 & 4 juin) + Jean-Luc Huet (1 juin) + José Major
Soundman Louis Carpentier
Stylist Dave St-Pierre
Outside Eye Katya Montaignac
Technical Coordinator and Production Manager Vanessa Beaupré
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Regina A. Quick Centre for the Arts (Fairfield) + Muffatwerk (Munich) + Atelier de Paris / CDCN (Paris) + Montévidéo (Marseille) + Centre culturel de Notre-Dame-De-Grâce + Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster) + Ceprodac / Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (Mexico City)
Frédérick Gravel is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Presented in association with Usine C
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 1, 2019
Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)
DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse
A choreographer, dancer, musician, singer and lighting designer, Frédérick Gravel’s work is intelligent, unruly, apparently casual and profoundly relevant.
One of the most prominent Quebec artists on the international scene, he defies traditions, reinventing performance by presenting entertaining artistic chaos. In 2004 he established the collective La 2e Porte à Gauche, and then the Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG) of musicians and performers who collaborate on multiple projects. In 2009 the FTA presented Gravel Works, followed by Tout se pète la gueule, chérie in 2010. With the writer and director Étienne Lepage he created Ainsi parlait… in 2013 and Logique du pire in 2016, two works that portray bewildered thirty-somethings in wacky, awkward situations. He also wrote and performed, with Brianna Lombardo, the intimate two-hander This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) in 2015. He returned to the FTA in 2018 with the grand choreographic concert Some Hope for the Bastards.
Regularly collaborating with artists from diverse disciplines, he created the choreography for Pierre Lapointe’s Mutantès (2008) and Amours, délices et orgues (2017). He has long been associated with the company Daniel Léveillé Danse, and was named its director in 2018.