UNFOLD | 7 perspectives
Danièle Desnoyers tests the resistance of the body and the limits of balance. Magnetic and powerful, UNFOLD / 7 perspectives captivates with its finesse and its furious energy.
The body opens up, closes shut, is short-circuited. The voice stammers, gasps, is fragmented. Trembling and falling off balance are all part of this three-stage piece for seven high-calibre dancers. Together they seek unison as they struggle in search of identity. Long known for her very fluid style, Danièle Desnoyers has chosen a new angle here as she plays with splintered movement and makes trembling visible. Echoes of fractured humans, body and voice broken, disintegrated.
Vibrating to the sounds and rough-edged music by the composer Ben Shemie, UNFOLD | 7 perspectives combines an apocalyptic atmosphere with moments of sweetness and refined sensuality. Making use of a surprising stage structure, Desnoyers tests the resistance of the body and the limits of balance. A powerful, magnetic duel between the forces at play in the dynamics of harmony, the piece captivates with its finesse and furious energy.
Produced by Le Carré des Lombes
Directed and choreographed by Danièle Desnoyers
Performed by Myriam Arseneault + Paige Culley + Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert + Louis-Elyan Martin + Milan Panet-Gigon + Nicolas Patry + Brontë Poiré-Prest
Music Ben Shemie
Set Design Geneviève Lizotte
Costume and Make-up Angelo Barsetti
Lighting Design Gonzalo Soldi / HUB Studio
Dramaturgy Guy Cools
Artistic Advisors Sophie Corriveau + Anne Thériault
Rehearsal Director Emmanuelle Bourassa-Beaudoin
Production Manager Martin Boisjoly
Technical and Lighting Director Hubert Leduc-Villeneuve
Sound Engineer Benoit Chaignon
Dresser Ève-Lyne Dallaire
Videographic Documentation Marjorie de Chantal
Coproduction Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Faculté des arts + Département de danse de l’UQAM + Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
Creative residencies Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity + Montpellier Danse – Agora, cité internationale de la danse + Armunia – Castello Pasquini (Castiglioncello) + Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique
Presented in association with Fonds GB
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 30, 2019
Danièle Desnoyers (Montreal)
Le Carré des Lombes
Since founding her company Le Carré des Lombes in 1989, the Montreal choreographer Danièle Desnoyers has been actively involved in the emergence of new perspectives in Quebec dance.
Her works are based on interdisciplinary resonances between movement, music and visual art. From her decisive encounter with the choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault she has retained a taste for breaking down barriers, for making dance wide open and adventurous. Her repertoire of some twenty works reflects a search for an ongoing dialogue between the language of the body and music, sound, staging and space.
A professor in the dance department at the University of Quebec at Montreal, her works are regularly taught in dance schools and presented at prestigious international venues and festivals. In 2016 her piece Anatomie d’un souffle marked the first-ever collaboration between the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and a choreographer of contemporary dance.
Renowned for her generous, fluid and sensual style, Desnoyers has pursued an interest in the raw material of sound ever since Discordantia (1997), which led to her developing an abstract expression of the friction between the languages of sound and those of the body.
Her new work, UNFOLD / 7 perspectives, developed during a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and also at l’Agora, cité internationale de la danse in Montpellier and in Castiglioncello in Italy, introduces the notion of instability thanks to a flexible stage device that folds out and then folds back in, creating an environment of constraints to probe the body’s ability to adapt. After presenting Là où je vis (FTA, 2008) and Sous la peau la nuit (FTA, 2012), Desnoyers is embarking on a new exploration of what the troubles of broken-down language and speech provoke in the body.