Some Hope for the Bastards
With nine supercharged dancers and two musicians, Frédérick Gravel is back once again to kindle our desire for disturbing excitement with a choreographic concert of downright corrosive energy.
Exhibiting his insolent talent once again at the FTA, Frédérick Gravel is back to kindle our desire for disturbing excitement. Venturing into the Monument National for the first time, he will take the big stage by storm with a choreographic concert of downright corrosive energy: renowned performers, musicians and programmers, plus compositions by Philippe Brault. A grandiose undertaking for a sombre, cathartic celebration.
Steeped in baroque, new wave, post-punk and electro music, the choreographer hijacks the stage to lay waste to the apathy and helpless feelings of impotence of a society that has lost its way. Alternating between scathing duos and powerful group choreography, Gravel constructs a language of movement based on tenacious bodies and pounding pulsation. Constantly on the alert, the dancers remain open to surprises, to accidents. All are fallible, fiery, viscerally engaged. A stunning poetry is born, the sullen mood swept away. From the gloomy shadows emerges art.
Produced by Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup
Artistic direction and choreography Frédérick Gravel
Performed by David Albert-Toth + Dany Desjardins + Kimberley De Jong + Francis Ducharme + + Alanna Kraaijeveld + Louise Michel Jackson + Alexia Martel + Frédéric Tavernini + Jamie Wright
Rehearsal Direction Lucie Vigneault
Music Philippe Brault performed by Philippe Brault + Frédérick Gravel + José Major
Lighting design Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Costume design Catherine Théroux
Sound design Louis Carpentier
Production direction and stage management Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Technical direction David-Alexandre Chabot
External Eye Angélique Wilkie
Internship Noémie Dufour-Campeau
Développement et promotion George Skalkogiannis + Daniel Léveillé Danse
Production Frédérick Gravel + Daniel Léveillé Danse
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Daniel Léveillé Danse + Fonds de création CanDanse (Festival TransAmériques + Centre national des Arts du Canada (Ottawa) + PuSh Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver) + The Banff Centre) + Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie – direction Alban Richard through Accueil-studio Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France) + Muffatwerk (Munich) + Usine C
Presented by Havas in association with Monument-National
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 1, 2017
Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)
Over the past dozen years, Frédérick Gravel has delighted in calling into question the very foundations of contemporary dance, dispensing with tradition and brandishing a kaleidoscopic aesthetic, a quirky mélange of different disciplines.
A choreographer, dancer, lighting designer and musician, his works and their rock ‘n roll ambience have made him one of the most popular Quebec artists on the international stage.
In 2004 he established the collective La 2e Porte à Gauche, and then the Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG) of musicians and performers who collaborate on various projects. In 2009 the FTA presented his piece Gravel Works, followed by Tout se pète la gueule, chérie in 2010 and, more recently, other works (Thus Spoke… in 2013, Logique du pire in 2016) co-created with the writer and director Étienne Lepage, who shares Gravel’s caustic sense of humour. His choreography Usually, Beauty Fails was created in Finland and presented in Montreal in 2012. In 2015 he conceived and performed in the intimate duo This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) with Brianna Lombardo. He also worked with Paul-André Fortier on Pluton (FTA, 2016). An instigator and a unifying force, Frédérick Gravel regularly collaborates with artists from other disciplines, moving easily from theatre to video to stage concerts. In 2008 he designed the choreography for Mutantès, a mega show by singer-songwriter Pierre Lapointe. They joined forces again in 2017, along with Étienne Lepage and Sophie Cadieux, to work on Lapointe’s large-scale project Amours, délices et orgues presented at the Francofolies.