6e biennale de gigue contemporaine
Gigue, corps et esprit
Fente ta gigue!
Isabelle Boulanger / La Grande Fente (artiste invitée)
I view my work with Bigico as an experiment where I could bring a new way to treat contemporary gigue, considering my ignorance with the technical nature of this dance form. I intend to approach this piece the same way I do with my dancers. Like a caricaturist, I’m interested in the physicality and personality of each dancer to redraw their profile. This preparatory process is the starting point of each of my creations.
To set these caracters in motion, there is the idea of tasks, which brings a common quest in the group. I use different strategies in dealing with time and space, which will generate unpredictability, absurdity and a rhythm throughout the piece. This common task results from a language identity where collusion of contrasts and complementarities between dancers creates a universe where go alongside movement and humour. At the heart, there are aggravated characters and all around, strategies in ways to treat time and space in order to provoke a reation in the public.
Branding being very important for my company, I will work on costume aesthetics and dancers’ attitudes. By attitude, I mean the way they present themselves on stage, the relationship that the dancer has with the public and with the other dancers. With this project, I want to bring out new possibilities for contemporary gigue and new possibilities to present this dance form.
Olivier Arseneault, Sébastien Chalumeau, Jonathan C. Rousseau, Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa
Born in Montreal, Isabelle Boulanger studies dance at LADMMI, école de danse contemporaine de Montréal until may 2011. Wanting to make dance more accessible to everyone, Isabelle approaches her dance with humour, lightness and derision. In the Fall of 2011, she presents her first piece Une grande fente pour dire «allô» in Danses Buissonnières at Tangente. Due to her : “cristalline choreographic style, which is surprising for a young choreographer” (-Dena Davida, codirectrice artistique de Tangente), she obtains a pass for the 2012-2013 programmation at Tangente and presents ente-Toi! Throughout 2012, Isabelle is invited to present her pieces in different contexts (high schools, Métro-Arts, Festival de Chateauguay, OF.F.T.A) in order to heighten awareness of the large public to actual contemporary dance. La Grande Fente was invited to participate in Vue sur la Releve to present Fentes 1 à 3. Isabelle receives three prizes Coup de pouce.
Une gigue sur le cœur
The heart guides emotions, beats time, is touched by love. We follow it, we drive it, it reacts, adapts to our motion, to our body needs, to his movement. These phenomenons are at the source of UNE GIGUE SUR LE COEUR. In this experiment, a step-dancer facing herself, tries to dance on the rhythm of her own heart beats. A performance made possible by a technological device that will allow heart beats to be heard, to relate them to the rhythm of the dance steps and to a sound track remixed live.
Choreographer and performer
Artist of multiple interests, Sandrine Martel-Laferrière develops a practice set in between contemporary and folk dance. After a dance training in classic and contemporary and École Pierre-Laporte, she joins the company Les Sortilèges Danses du monde. She then turns her interpretation practice towards hybrid styles, participating in the creations Fanfare et Génération Why of Jean-Philippe Lortie, presented at Bigico in 2009 and 2011, as well as working with [ZØGMA] Collectif de folklore urbain, from 2009 to 2013. Sandrine now dances for the company Manon fait de la Danse and completes a masters projet in dance at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. At the same time, she starts out as a choreographer, exploring with portative lights in dance. Her explorations led to the presentation of three choreographic projects: Clair-obscur (Piscine-Théâtre, 2011), Sous-exposé (Piscine-Théâtre, 2012), Nénuphar (5e Biennale de Gigue Contemporaine, Tangente, Monument-National, 2013). In her next creation, Sandrine works with a new technological device, the cardiofrequencymeter, in search for rhythms and movements that emerge when she dances to the beats of her own heart.
A man gets ready for going out… For this new creation, Philippe Meunier pursuits his fascinating quest towards belonging in a powerless battle of a man held hostage by his own perceptions. Through different tableaux, the individual will be shaken by “promenades” that will position his ambiguous universe where all certainty is fictional.
Choreographer and performer
Reckless artist involved in danse since more than 20 years, Philippe Meunier trained in many folk-danse ensembles around Montreal before he joined in 2002 the company Les Sortilèges – danses du monde and [ZØGMA] – urban folk collective in 2008. He also collaborates with Carol Jones, Sylvie Mercier and Nancy Gloutnez. Since 2005, he gravitates in the adventure of Bigico with the Biennale de Gigue contemporaine. His solo work Répercussions (created for the 4th Biennale de gigue Contemporaine and presented at Parcours Danse in 2011) becomes the rough draft of his third creation, La Pyramide du Sauveur (presented at the 5th Biennale de gigue Contemporaine and at the Festival Quartiers Danses in 2013), which stands as a continuity in his choreographic vocabulary. His new creation in contemporary gigue, Set vicieux, consolidates gestural content invested by the body’s constant resonance and the use of gigue as an expressive and dramatic dynamic. Combined with his passion for dance, Philippe Meunier proposes an innovative and creative outlook on movement though his video-danse works, presented in different events.
In their micro-society, 6 dancers are caught in divergent ideals. They struggle to find a way to join together in order to face the outside world. Will they overcome and defeat the enemy?
Sébastien Chalumeau, Sandrine Martel-Laferrière, Marie-Laurence Lamothe-Hétu, Marianne Larose, Antoine Turmine
Ian Yaworski’s passion about dance and performance starts its course with the folk-danse ensemble Makinaw in Drummondville. Since 2005, Ian works with [ZØGMA], Collectif de folklore urbain as dancer and choreographer. In 2011, he was in the fortunate position to work with Margie Gillis in Thread, presented in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. His creations were presented at the Biennale de Gigue Contemporaine, Place des Arts and Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville. Ian makes an incursion in theater with Théâtre de l’instant as choreographer for La fête à Jean, presented in janvier 2013 at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.