The piece celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. For the occasion, it was subject to a residence of re-creation of 9 weeks in the Community arts center of Montreal, followed by a tour in spring, 2018.
The new version is now ready to set off to Quebec, and will be presented at first to Saint-Jérome and to Terrebonne in 2019.
Naïve. Kitsch. Cliché. Incoherent. Hermetic. Narcissistic. Ecstatic.
An ode to what fascinates us in dance.
Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser (God did not create you to dance) glorifies contemporary dance in all its forms and shapes. Through its mocking airs, the piece draws the portrait of that It factor, of these « je-ne-sais-quoi » (indescribable qualities) defining dance and what we enjoy in it. The show is as much a work of dance as a work about dance. Its ambition is for the art form, with its strengths, idiosyncrasies and flaws to become more known and appreciated.
The piece is filled with humor, a humor that defuses sacredness and drama, giving back access to an art form that can seem hermetic. Beyond its apparent lightness, Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser openly questions our tastes (even the supposedly indisputable ones), our expectations and our appreciations of dance shows. What touches us, entertains us, makes us think? Don’t our failures and mistakes sometimes reveal themselves as fragile, human, alive and moving?
A contemporary dance show with MC Gilles on turn-tables : an unlikely match !
Dancers and collaborators to the creative process : Dany Desjardins, Zoey Gauld, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Anne Thériault
Musical selection and DJ : MC Gilles
Dramaturg : Katya Montaignac
Rehearsal director : Marilyne St-Sauveur and Rachel Harris
Light designer : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Costume designer : Marie Béland, assisted by Sarah Dubé
Technical direction : Mélanie Primeau, le Bureau de prod.
Length : 75 minutes
Premiere : October 16th, 2008 at Tangente, Montréal, Canada
Premiere of the recreation version : March 21st, 2018 at Maison de la Culture Claude-Léveillée
For the re-creation, the show was subject to documentary capsules, piloted by Claudia Chan Tak. To view capsules (a total of six will be published before the beginning of 2019) :
Teaser of the 2018 version
ABOUT THE SHOW :
“If you know people who’ve never been to a dance show, this is the one you need to bring them to and get them all caught up. How often do you see a contemporary dance show where the audience claps during the show?”
– Sylvain Verstricht on indyish.com 18 octobre 2008
“With three memorable creations, Marie Béland has established herself as one of the singular young talents of Québecois dance”
– Aline Apostolska, La Presse, 11 octobre 2008
“Marie Béland is already impressing us with the originality and audacity of her choreographic propositions. […] She possesses a sense of humour that echoes in the hearts of her spectators”
– Marie-France Garon, Musée Vivant, 23 octobre 2008
“Criticizing the hermitic nature of certain works, she avoids addressing herself only to an initiated audience”
– Lili Marin, Le Devoir, 17 octobre 2008
Interview with Marie Béland at Mange ta ville, ARTV (in french) :
Excerpts of the piece at Tangente, October 2008 :
Preview of the show :
maribé – sors de ce corps would like to thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, José Navas/Compagnie FLAK, the Cirque du Soleil, the Place des Arts and Jeunes Volontaires d’Emploi-Québec for their support.