The internationally renowned Ginette Laurin is inspired by worldwide social chaos in this highly physical dance piece that combines movement, sound, lighting and digital technology. An explosive cocktail.
The atmosphere is rife with tension, a rumbling and growling underpinning a highly electric soundscape. A wooden cloud drifts across the sky, a metaphor for the multiple perils threatening the microsociety of KHAOS. Hyperactive, the dancers are caught in a frantic race that reduces them at times to a puppet-like state. The generalized frenzy causes them to explode, short-circuiting their actions. They are shattered, catch themselves as they fall, seek oblivion in wild carousal or with a kiss, their dance galvanized by the mad energy of one last chance.
Ginette Laurin absorbs from the social chaos evident worldwide the furious combativeness of mankind and the hope for renewal, in a highly physical work that will be finally performed in Montreal. After Onde de choc, the O Vertigo choreographer will once again enliven the FTA with a subtle marriage of movement, sound, lighting and digital technology in an explosive cocktail, in part a celebration of her three decades of dance.
PRODUCED BY O VERTIGO
CHOREOGRAPHED BY GINETTE LAURIN
PERFORMED BY AUDREY BERGERON + DAVID CAMPBELL + MARIANNE GIGNAC-GIRARD + CAROLINE LAURIN-BEAUCAGE + LOUIS-ELYAN MARTIN + ROBERT MEILLEUR + JAMES PHILLIPS + ANDREW TURNER + WEN-SHUAN YANG
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR SARA HANLEY
LIGHTING DESIGN MARTIN LABRECQUE
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGNMARTIN MESSIER
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN AND PHOTO MARILÈNE BASTIEN
FEATURING WEN-SHUAN YANG + MARIANNE GIGNAC-GIRARD + ROBERT MEILLEUR + GILLIAN SEAWARD-BOON + ANDREW TURNER + CAROLINE LAURIN-BEAUCAGE + DAVID CAMPBELL
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE CHAILLOT (PARIS) + FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL MADRID EN DANZA
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH USINE C
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL MADRID EN DANZA, NOVEMBER 22, 2012
GINETTE LAURIN (MONTRÉAL)
Three Decades of Choreography
A pioneer of Quebec contemporary dance and the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career, Ginette Laurin founded the dance company O Vertigo in 1984. With impressive physical prowess, her pieces emphasized energetic movement, but she soon gave set design and lighting an important role in her work. One of her first major successes was Chagall, commissioned in 1989 by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In 2004 she presented La résonance du double at the Musée d’art contemporain. In the early 1990s she began to explore emotions and important themes such as death, fantasies and madness in more theatrical pieces such as Train d’enfer, Déluge and La chambre blanche. In 1998, En dedansmarked the beginning of research on identity and the double. The following year La Vie qui Batreflected her desire to unlock the mysteries of the body and the invisible, a quest further pursued in Luna, Passare. Her interest in the relation between movement and sound was first expressed in Onde de choc (FTA 2010), and continues with KHAOS. Since 2008 she has been remounting and reworking flagship works, and last year presented a collage of excerpts entitled les petites formes. She has also often brought dance to the screen, and her Sacre du printemps was featured at CCN – Ballet de Lorraine in 2011.