BESIDE at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines from October 15th to 18th

The piece BESIDE of maribé – sors de ce corps, in partnership with Montréal Danse, will be the subject of four performances at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in Montréal, from October 15th to 18th, 2019 at 7 p.m.

How is the body support speeches constructed today ? Live radio as a vocal score becomes here a pretext to question the role of the body in this both political and social act that is to communicate to the greatest number of opinions and information. Does their abundance prevent us from understanding each other ?

October 15 – 16 – 17* – 18, 2019 / 7 pm
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Montréal

*The performance on October 17th will be in english.

For ecological concerns, this program is only available in digital version, click here.

Public talks will be held before the show, guided by Line Grenier and Hilary Bergen on October 16 and 17, from 6 pm to 6:40 pm – voluntary contribution.

October 16 at 6 pm – “Communication | (Re)Configurations” – talk in french
Speaker : Line Grenier
Participation. Transmission. Sharing. Dialogue. Exchange. Dissimination. What if communication was not only a matter of ideas to be expressed and information to be shared, agreements to be achieved and misunderstandings to be avoided ? What if medias were not only the institutions and businesses conveying them ?

October 17 at 6 pm – “Dancing Automata” – talk in english
Speaker : Hilary Bergen
The word “automaton,” which comes from the Greek term for “self-mover,” can mean both a machine capable of independent motion and a person incapable of independent action or thought. The conflict at the heart of this uncanny definition maps well onto binary tensions such as animacy/mimesis, freedom/control, order/chaos and slavery/revolt. This talk examines the role of dance—in which the body is both a “self-mover” and an entity mechanized through repetition—in relation to histories and theories of automation, with special attention paid to choreographies of work and mediation. 

Part of a trilogy alongside BEHIND (2010) and BETWEEN (2015), BESIDE is a collaboration between companies maribé – sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse, and their respective Artistic Directors, Marie Béland, choreographer and Kathy Casey, dramaturge.

Photo © Laurent Philippe


Line Grenier
Full Professor at the Department of Communication of the Université de Montréal, Line Grenier is a popular music studies scholar. For the last few years, she has been conducting research on music and ageing within the framework of the international research partnership ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technology), for which she is coordinating the « critical mediations » stream. Her current work is devoted to the deaf cultures of ageing and, more specifically, to the musical experiences of deaf adult signers in Montréal.

Hilary Bergen
Hilary Bergen is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University, where she studies screendance, posthumanism and media studies. Her dissertation takes up notions of relation and the embodied trace in mediated corporeality to define a posthuman theory of dance. Her work has been published with Screening the Past, Culture Machine, PUBLIC (forthcoming) and Word and Text.

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