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NOVEMBER 7. 8. 9, 2019 - 7:30PM

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 - 4PM

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The order of the pieces is subject to change.

1st piece - 11 minutes

Geneviève Duong

Te dire vrai (2017)

She cries and cries. Geneviève gives voice to her writings and their poetry unfolds through slow and simple movements. We are transported on her somatic voyage of transformation towards emancipation. This intimate movement study dives deep into memory, fishing out fragments. These traces of the past materialized during the dancemaker’s reflective process about her tri-cultural heritage: Vietnamese, Argentinean, and Québécois. The work also springs from testimonials gathered in the field about the cultural amnesia and identity shock related to human migrations.

Choreographer and performer Geneviève Duong

Creative writing mentor Mélanie Rivet

In 2016 I completed a writing residence under the mentorship of Gatineau poet Mélanie Rivet. With the theme of collective memory, this performance solo was presented for the first time at the choreographic event La Petite Scène at the Cercle Lab vivant in Québec City in 2017. The scenic elements (a slide machine from the 1960s and a photo projection of my maternal grandparents); bodywork; voice; and shadow theatre are used to awaken the unconscious self in tangible ways.

Since her studies in nursing at McGill University and the completion of her diploma in contemporary dance, with distinction, from L’École de danse de Québec (2012), Geneviève Duong has worked as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. With a strong desire to anchor her work in a process of scientific reflection, she enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in Historical Sciences and Heritage Studies at Laval University (2017). Her creations reflect one of her most profound interests, the development of a body language that is active, conscious and humane through a spontaneous multidisciplinary creation process. She participated in a research residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2017) in order to study the multiple ways of using the body and voice in dialogue with music, and all within a performance context. In a desire to continually learn and develop she participated in Springboard (2016). She is an administrator with the RQD (2015-2018) as well as with L’Artère.

2nd piece - 50 minutes

Charlie Prince (Lebanon) & Keren Rosenberg (Netherlands)

Not on This Earth

“You can never visit my land, I can never visit yours. Let’s meet not on this earth.”

This first interaction with someone from the other side of the barrier proved provocative, confrontational, soul-searching. Eventually, they imagined creating a new universe through the empowering lens of Arab futurism. An installation of vivid, repurposed materials forms the landscape. The work explores the effects of borders in three chapters with distinct physical states, scenographies, and scores. Through an exchange of energies and an intense physicality, breaking longstanding taboos, their bodies manifest the historic frictions that divide their ancestors as well as their contemporaries.

Choreographers, performers, scenographers, costume designers Charlie Prince, Keren Rosenberg

Lighting designer Arthur Duijzers

Composer Charlie Prince

Musical advisor Raphael Vanoli

Our commonalities started from our body language, which has been refined, composed and settling in our genes for thousands of years. The imprints of heat, our proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, and our profound connection to the land carry a distinct rhythm and urgency. This translated into a raw physicality and influenced the energy of our presence and exchange in the space, making for a charged and at times confronting dialogue. Our process for this work has been nomadic, taking us through Denmark, Italy, Ireland, and Amsterdam. Each place brought different perspectives and confrontations with respect to our origins and what has been imprinted in our cells and memory. We are constantly exploring different ways of dealing with experiencing and having experienced very different realities within close geographic proximity. These realities were often met with inconsistencies, different reasons to be right or wrong, informing what is to become this work.

Born and raised in the mountains of Lebanon (1991), Charlie Prince is interested in the place of the body within post-colonial imaginaries as a means to subvert and resist imperial legacies. He is interested in form as conceiving origin in an imagined space, towards the abyss of an imagined future. He is currently supported by apap – Performing Europe 2020 and his work has been presented all over Europe and in Beirut. He is currently in residency at Dansmakers Amsterdam. As a performer, Charlie has worked, among others, with Ballet BC (CA), Cie.Alias (CH), the Venice Biennale, and has been working with Maqamat Dance Theatre as an associate artist and performer since 2015. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in Montréal and continues to compose for dance and film. He recently received the prestigious Boghossian Foundation Prize for Dance and Performance awarded by Villa Empain in Brussels and Beirut.

Keren Rosenberg is a Middle Eastern, Amsterdam-based performer, maker, and movement researcher. Through her work and artistic practice, she seeks to articulate a new physical and socio-political gaze on the body and its environment; to hunt for rituals and a physicality that can liquify boundaries between body and environment, between social skins and the primal body underneath; to question queer and socio-political contexts from a hetero-fluid perspective while creating multidisciplinary collaborations with artists working with photography, film, design, sound, and theory. As a movement researcher, Keren was invited in 2011 by Ohad Naharin to study the Gaga movement language and become a certified teacher. Since then she has been invited to teach Gaga and her own choreographic practice, Body-House, in professional institutions, dance companies, and festivals around Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Oceania. Keren is currently artist in residence at Dansmakers Amsterdam.