The stage is a ring, a playground where a thousand ephemeral battles take place. A turbulent force, a modern-day Amazon, Louise Lecavalier plunges into the fray with Robert Abubo.
A turbulent force, a modern-day Amazon, Louise Lecavalier sees dance as a radical art, a struggle both physical and psychic, a constant challenge. After the striking piece So Blue, presented at FTA 2013, she has changed course and embarked on an unusual yet equally compelling quest set to mysterious, haunting soundscapes.
The stage is a ring, a playground, where in nine rounds, a thousand ephemeral battles take place. Freely inspired by the figure of Italo Calvino’s nonexistent knight, the naïve, imperturbable character encounters another antihero — his squire, his double. Moved by an indefinable force, they set off on a crazy, pure adventure that defines the meaning of their existence. They tremble, hop and skip, fidget, size each other up, imitate each other, scamper about, run, go around in circles, ride through the countryside. Quirky yet sympathetic, they pursue their illusions and take the audience with them, venturing far along their imaginary meanderings.
Produced by Fou glorieux
Concept and choreography Louise Lecavalier
Performed by Robert Abubo + Louise Lecavalier
Assistant choreographer and rehearsal director France Bruyère
Lighting design Alain Lortie
Original music Antoine Berthiaume
Additional music Steve Roach
Costume design Yso
Coproduction Festival TransAmériques + tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) + HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts (Dresden) + Centquatre (Paris) + Usine C + Centre national des Arts (Ottawa)
Presented by TP1
Premiered at Dusseldorf, on February 13, 2016
Louise Lecavalier (Montreal)
A charismatic mainstay of La La La Human Steps for 18 years, Louise Lecavalier was an icon for an era, the incarnation of extreme, spectacular dance that went far beyond conventional limits.
Human, All Too Human
With her company Fou glorieux, founded in 2006, she has since taken the liberty to explore with other “glorious fools”, artists such as Tedd Robinson, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite, Nigel Charnock, Fabien Prioville, Jakop Ahlbom and Deborah Dunn, the musicians Mercan Dede and Hahn Rowe, the visual artist Laurent Goldring and lighting designer Alain Lortie, with results that the FTA has presented over the years (Is You Me in 2008, Children and A Few Minutes of Lock in 2010). In 2012, she created So Blue, presented at the FTA in 2013 and also in some fifteen countries, her first full-length choreography which she performed with Frédéric Tavernini. Expressing all the truth of the body in a haunting solo and a duo, she was a dervish working herself into a trance. So Blue was honoured with a number of awards.
With Battleground, Louise has renewed her total commitment to dance by pursuing research based on pushing beyond limits, taking risks with true, committed effort, a quest for the absolute where she tries to flush out “the more than human” in the human. Joining her are dancer Robert Abubo, her former partner in works by Tedd Robinson and a man who was long associated with the Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa and Dancemakers in Toronto, and Montreal composer and musician Antoine Berthiaume.