The splendours and miseries of human encounters. Daniel Léveillé surprises with a romantic and sensual work, tinged with a dash of humour, where technique merges with emotion.
Daniel Léveillé has made his mark on stages all over the world with radical, impossible choreographies. With Solitudes solo (FTA, 2014) he revealed a surprising gentleness, and now he is back with Solitudes duo, a remarkably romantic and sensual piece tinged with a dash of humour.
Zoom in on the couple – masculine, feminine, mixed, one duo after another. Identities are merged or preserved in the immaculate whiteness of a restricted space, freedom is to be found within the constraints of a relationship. With rolling hips and coiled thighs, bodies embrace and take flight in acrobatic and tender lifts only to collapse under the weight of being scorned. Compatible confidantes converge in the mirror. The nature of their connection can be seen in their eyes, in the tension of the flesh, the quality of contact. Modesty, passion, indifference, affection and lust are expressed to the sound of Bach, the harpsichord and pop-rock of the 1970s. Strength, grace and emotion blend together in the technique of demanding dance, much to the spectator’s delight.
PRODUCED BY DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ DANSE
CHOREOGRAPHED BY DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ
PERFORMED BY MATHIEU CAMPEAU + ELLEN FUREY + ESTHER GAUDETTE + JUSTIN GIONET + BRIANNA LOMBARDO + EMMANUEL PROULX + SIMON RENAUD
LIGHTING DESIGN MARC PARENT
COSTUME DESIGN GENEVIÈVE LIZOTTE
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR SOPHIE CORRIVEAU
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + FONDS DE CRÉATION CANDANSE (TORONTO) + KINOSAKI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE + THEATER IM PUMPENHAUS (MÜNSTER) + CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL RILLIEUX-LA-PAPE – DIRECTION YUVAL PICK + AGORA DE LA DANSE + BRIAN WEBB DANCE (EDMONTON) + CENTRE NATIONAL DES ARTS DU CANADA (OTTAWA) + ATELIER DE PARIS-CAROLYN CARLSON + STUDIO BIZZ
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, MONTREAL, ON MAY 26, 2015
DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ (Montréal)
Daniel Léveillé presented his first choreography in 1977 with the Groupe Nouvelle Aire, where he had trained. He received commissions from theatre and dance companies before founding Daniel Léveillé Danse in 1991, and also taught composition and choreography at UQAM from 1988 to 2012.
He began with rough-hewn works such as Voyeurisme and Écris-moi n’importe quoi, pieces characterized by marginality, passion, sexuality and expressionist theatricality. Starting in 1989 he shifted his focus to the body, exploring ways to use movement to create emotion in the series Les traces. Employing minimalism, short phrases and repetition, his hachure style came to full fruition in 2001 in Amour, acide et noix, establishing him as a choreographer of international renown. In the first part of the trilogy Anatomie de l’imperfection, he presented his dancers with the challenges of nudity and imposing choreography, elements reprised in La pudeur des icebergs and Crépuscule des océans (FTA, 2007), his objective being to reveal the beauty of man in his imperfections. With Solitudes solo, also presented at the Festival and the recipient of the CALQ award for best choreography 2012-2013, he returned to costumes and more fluid movements imbued with a certain lyricism. This new cycle continues with Solitudes duo.