A series of solos set to demanding choreography and Bach sonatas for violin. As finely honed and polished as a diamond necklace.
No need for nudity to access the soul. To better portray his dancers, Daniel Léveillé submits them here to the rigours of the solo with demanding choreography. Unlike the rough, syncopated dance of his last three works, this new piece is marked by the infinite slowness of unlikely precepts. A man holds the pose in a slow motion fall; a leg interminably detaches itself from an off-kilter body. Eternal minutes of eternity rise to the surface with unexpected, almost lyrical gentleness, presented by dancers of sublime beauty and dazzling presence. To Bach violin sonatas that no human destiny dare disturb, they quickly recover and don their armour once again. With clenched fists and fiery gaze they return to combat, for solitude is their battle ground.
The first piece of a new dance cycle, Solitudes solo reveals a Daniel Léveillé in top form, his choreography as finely honed and polished as a diamond necklace.
PRODUCED BY DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ DANSE
CHOREOGRAPHY DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ
PERFORMED BY MATHIEU CAMPEAU + JUSTIN GIONET + EMMANUEL PROULX + GAËTAN VIAU + LUCIE VIGNEAULT +(APPRENTICE) MARIE-ÈVE LAFONTAINE
LIGHTING DESIGN MARC PARENT
MUSIC JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR SOPHIE CORRIVEAU
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + CCN RILLIEUX-LA-PAPE – DIRECTION YVAL PICK + THEATER IM PUMPENHAUS (MÜNSTER) + FABRIK POTSDAM + AGORA DE LA DANSE + ATELIERS CAROLYN CARLSON (PARIS)
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
WORLD PREMIÈRE AT FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES, JUNE 7TH, 2012
DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ (MONTRÉAL)
DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ | DANIEL LÉVEILLÉ DANSE
Choreographer of the Impossible
Daniel Léveillé trained with the Groupe Nouvelle Aire, where he got his start as a choreographer in 1977, and worked as an independent choreographer before founding Daniel Léveillé Danse in 1991. He created works for several dance and theatre companies, and also taught composition and choreography at UQAM from 1988 to 2012, pursuing a double career and perfecting his vision without submitting to the diktats of the art market. He established an international reputation in 2001 with Amour, acide et noix, followed by La pudeur des icebergs and Lecrépuscule des océans (FTA, 2007), the two other component pieces of his Anatomie de l’imperfection trilogy.
Marginality, passion and sexuality were the themes of earlier works such as Voyeurisme andÉcris-moin’importe quoi, pieces that were highly theatrical. In 1989 he explored organic intimacy and, starting with the series Traces, moved toward the style of movement that characterizes his work. With choreography based on repetitions and short phrases, he creates challenging dance pieces that reveal the beauty of men and women in all their imperfections, opting for nudity in order to dispense with sham and pretence. In Solitudes solo he has returned to costume and less static movement, as was also the case in his previous piece Le crépuscule des océans.