Marie Béland’s focus here is on words as body movement. Embedded in an incessant spoken discourse, body awareness slips into gestural automatisms, thus creating an «invisible choreography» which questions the identity of a dance that is free of gestural dancing, but filled with danced gestures.
Choreographer : Marie Béland
Performers and collaborators to the creative process : Rachel Harris, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Peter Trosztmer
Dramaturg : Kathy Casey Costumes : Angela Rassenti Lights : Paul Chambers
Photos : Montréal Danse Premiere : March 7th, 2015 at Festival ArtDanThé, Vanves, France Length : about 40 minutes
In co-production and partnership with MONTRÉAL DANSE dance company maribé – sors de ce corps would like to thank Montréal Danse, l’Agora de la danse, Festival ArtDanThé/Vanves and Théâtre 140/Bruxelles. Marie Béland would like to thank performers Bernard Martin and Nicolas Patry for their participation to the creation process.
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THE CREATION TEAM
Rachel Harris / performer collaborator
Native from Vancouver, Rachel Harris moved to Montreal in 1990 and continued her training at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Following her training, she joined Danse Partout in Quebec and co-founded Amorce Danse Théâtre. She collaborates, throughout her career, with the choreographers Blanca Arrieta, Marie Béland, Martin Bélanger, Sarah Bild, Sarah Chase, Estelle Clareton, Margie Gillis, Anne-Marie Giroux, Benjamin Hatcher, Avi Kaiser, Benoît Lachambre, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Helge Letonja, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Jean-Pierre Mondor, José Navas, Aurélie Pédron, Jean-Pierre Perreault, George Stamos, Mariko Tanabe and Paula de Vasconcelos. She created in 2002-2003 The Coyote Project, a work for four performers, in close cooperation with the Nlaka’pamux community of British Columbia. Since 2011, she has been teaching for women in shelters as part of the Dance Against Violence program..
After graduating from l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Esther Rousseau-Morin used to dance for various companies such as Le Carré Des Lombes, Bouge de Là, Maribé Sors De Ce Corps, Lorganisme (Caroline Laurin-Beaucage), Le Fils d’Adrien danse, Montréal Danse, Créations Estelle Clareton, Trois Tristes Tigres, Alan Lake Factori(e) and Animals Of Distinctions. Moreover, Esther keeps growing while participating in several workshops such as Transformation Danse, Springboard Dance, Bates Dance Festival as well as ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. Meanwhile, she teaches the repertoire of several works in formal training programs and has worked as Sylvain Lafortune’s assistant for 6 years.
After receiving his B.A. in Classics, Peter Trosztmer studied at the Concordia University Department of Contemporary Dance before moving to Toronto to complete the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre training program. Since then, he has distinguished himself as in interpreter of the highest caliber and has worked and continues to collaborate with many national and international choreographers. As a choreographer Peter has created five critically acclaimed solo works. His choreography was selected as a top 5 show of the year (La Presse 2006 and Voir 2012). As well he was recognized for the best performance – (The Hour 2006). His work on the multi media work Norman also received many accolades including an Angel Award at the Brighton Festival UK (2009). Peter continues to define his place as a creator who is invested in work that is sensitive, deeply researched and physically realized. His co-authored article “Collaboration as Practice The Winding Road” was presented at the Canadian Society for Dance Scholars Conference 2012. Peter is current research includes “dna” a social investigation into industrial architecture, interactive movement tracking with sound and La Sociéte de les arts technologiques in Montreal with Zack Settle that will be presented in Oct 2016, as well he is artist in residence at Techno Lith – New City Gas in Griffintown where he is co-ordinating a new touring work #boxtape.
Born in North Carolina, Kathy Casey began in 1979 with the Chicago Moving Company. Established in New York in 1980, she dances for several choreographers before joining the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1984 and Susan Marshall & Company in 1989, with whom she has collaborated since 1981. From 1985 to 1989, she assisted Mr. Lubovitch and Mrs. Marshall in their creative work or in pieces on various international companies. Greeted by Montréal Danse in 1991, she was artistic director of the company in 1996. Now, a large part of her work is to discover and invite choreographers with singular language to create pieces for the company and to assist them in their creative process. In addition to her responsibilities with Montréal Danse, Kathy Casey acts as artistic advisor for several Montreal choreographers.
Photo : George Dutil
Angela Rassenti / conceptrice de costumes
Angela Rassenti trained in scenography at the National Theatre School of Canada. Since 2008, she has been designing sets and costumes mainly in theatre and contemporary dance. This is not her first collaboration with maribé – sors de ce corps; in 2013 she designed the costumes and accessories for the creations; BLEU – VERT – ROUGE and Vie et mort de l’élégance. Among her most recent works, a costume design in March 2014 with Amélie Rajotte for her creation Carnaval for Tangente, at Studio Hydro Québec, a costume design for Plus Vrai by Sarah Bild with Danse Cité during fall 2013, and a scenography for Scrap by Mathieu Leroux with the Neos Futuristes at Espace Libre in 2012.
Paul Chambers is a Montréal based set & lighting designer. Collaborating on new dance works has always been a priority for him. Teaching workshops has also been an important part of his development as an artist and mentor. At Studio 303 he teaches a yearly lighting design workshop for artists, in addition to teaching aspects of production in dance at Concordia University. From 2008 until 2013 Paul is Technical Director at Tangente: Laboratoire de Mouvement Contemporains. In 2013 along with fellow designer & educator David-Alexandre Chabot, they inaugurate CHA a design collective aimed at creating & sharring design based works with artists from different disciplines. Recent design credits include work with Marie Béland, Public Recordings, 10 Gates Dancing, Audrey Bergeron, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Benjamin Kamino, Dany Desjardins, Katie Ward, Susanna Hood, Sasha Kleinplatz, Antonija Livingstone, Adam Kinner, Maria Kefirova & Hanako Hashimi Caines, Thierry Huard, Parts & Labour Dance, Lara Kramer Dance, & Destins Croisés.