ÉDIFICE WILDER | ESPACE VERT
SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 - 7PM
SEPTEMBER 18, 2022 - 4PM
SEPTEMBER 19 & 20, 2022 - 7PM
Discussion with the artists on September 19
The order of the pieces is subject to change.
Standing at the foot of enormity, she is ready to face herself in the ultimate test: to climb her own mountain, to become a mountain. Her movements heavy with effort and perseverance, she draws on and amplifies her own strength in a mighty ascent. Humble, no different than anybody else, she manages to invigorate herself and come to life. Her dance is a quest for altitude, a cry against the gravity that pins us down and grounds our creative impulses, a bid for emancipation through physical challenge, showing us that we are all summitless mountains.
Choreographer and performer Lauranne Faubert-Guay
Sound designer Yann Villeneuve
Rehearsal director Stéphanie Decourteille
Lighting designer and scenographer Tiffanie Boffa
Movement advisor Camille Dubé-Bouchard
Outside eye Marijoe Foucher
A simple, but breathless process. Through repeating movement until exhaustion, I try to find the strength and the tenacity within me. I challenge myself (to climb my mountain) and I invite the spectators to witness this self-imposed ordeal, from which a powerful feeling of ecstasy and fullness will spring.
My creative process is honest and transparent. I want to share a true and unique moment with the public, a space-time of vulnerability, which will touch and challenge spectators who, like me, rightly or wrongly, test themselves to reclaim their body and their existence.
This piece is fueled by intimate reflections that occupy a central place in my creation, my academic journey, and my personal life. It is a key element that contributes greatly to my emancipation.
Lauranne Faubert-Guay is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher. She holds a baccalaureate in Visual Arts and a master’s degree in Sociology (UQAM). At the same time, she is involved in various local and international contemporary dance formations and works in the field as both performer and choreographer. She is interested in the emancipatory potential of voluntarily putting oneself to the test. Therefore, the notions of self-sufficiency and body autonomy are always at the core of her work. Lauranne approaches the dance movement as a political act and as an essential tool of empowerment. She presented her latest creation, Ponos – à l’épreuve du poids, at Tangente in 2019 and will present two new creations in 2022. Lauranne also teaches visual arts at the college level and leads workshops combining dance and philosophy in the BIG BANG program. She is the founder and director of Devenir(s) corps, an arts residency that will soon be established in the Outaouais region.
Yann Villeneuve is a multidisciplinary artist from Montréal. Working between theatre and music, he tries to understand his inside world through his art. Inspired by artists like Laurie Anderson and Jean Cocteau, his music navigates between melancholy and sexuality, ugliness and beauty. He recently took part in the show from La Fratrie Les étoiles tomberont (Montréal Complètement Cirque) and in various music festivals (Gamik, LUNES, Mode + Design, SOIR). He’s also called to work on the sound design of dance and theatre shows, such as Nous serons éternels (Théâtre La Chapelle) and PONOS – à l’épreuve du poids (Tangente).
A choreographer, performer and teacher based in Montréal, Stéphanie Decourteille is solicited for her singular, passionate, and physically demanding choreographic language, as well as for her rigorous teaching. She is asked by many choreographers and cultural structures to offer master classes, lessons to improve, and workshops. She is involved in a wide range of activities in the fields of contemporary dance, circus, and urban dance. In 2018, Stéphanie created BIG BANG – an intensive training program in contemporary dance for which she works closely with the artists on a more individual basis and aims to strengthen their physical and expressive skills.
Both a performer and a designer, Tiffanie Boffa uses her resources to create sensorial-visual atmospheres. Beginning in dance, she performed for Kimberly de Jong, Benoît Lachambre, Laura Acosta, and Chloé Bourdages-Roy. After a few years, she graduated from a BFA in Design for the Theatre (Concordia University, 2019). Her lighting designs can be seen in both theatre and dance. She worked with directors like Jon Lachlan Stewart, Cathia Pagotto, Youtheatre, and choreographers like Erin Robinsong, Sybille Hanna Müller, Brice Noesser, and George Stamos. She has also collaborated with other lighting designers like Paul Chambers, Hugo Dalphond, and Cédric Delorme-Bouchard.
Shortly after graduating from EDCM (2015), Camille Dubé-Bouchard flew to Paris and collaborated as a performer with the (LA)HORDE collective. She perfected her skills in jumpstyle and went on a European tour with the piece To Da Bone (2018). During this tour, Camille taught jumpstyle around the world. Passionate about the human body and physical training, she took part in the training of the troupe’s dancers and artists from different disciplines. She has a degree in kinesiology (UdeM) and collaborates with several health professionals to find the best exercises and movements for their patients.
Technology gives us hope for the future, yet it can easily deceive us. The dancer enters a sound installation and activates it with his voice and steps. The space comes to life when he dances. The sounds captured by the microphones are sent to a computer that manipulates and loops them until they become unrecognisable. The dancer may attempt to break free from the grasp of the machine, yet the music animates him. This asymmetrical duel is an exploration of what it means to be a free spirit seeking to be its own master.
Choreographer and composer Alejandro Sajgalik
Performer Jack Dexter
Lighting designer Tamara Andrea Gonzalez-Mora
In ancient times, materia prima was the original formless substance underlying all matter. This initial state of chaos could be altered to achieve “gnosis”. After this knowledge comes into his possession, the alchemist avidly desires to impose his order over the chaos of the world, to play god. The world is his laboratory. Humans his raw matter.
A young man is isolated in this lab. While he dances, the sound of his voice and footsteps are extracted, manipulated, and coagulated into wicked forms. The puppeteer knows how to quench the dancer’s restless thirst for life: with chants and epic music. The performer is hypnotised by the symphony. He lets himself be seduced by the siren’s song calling for the upcoming war.
Will he get in tune with the times and end up as canon fodder? Will the alchemist succeed in keeping him spellbound, so he may continue to rule over him? Or will he have the courage to find his true form?
Alejandro Sajgalik is a choreographer and composer. His practice explores the perpetual battle of worldviews, probing the forces that shape how humans ought to be. He uses voice and electroacoustic samples as raw material to compose and create spatialized sound performances. Playing with the bewitching power of technology, he observes how it transmutes the nervous system and thus shapes societal values. His last choreographic piece, Cantos para los insaciables, was a journey into the ascetic quest for transcendental truth, archetypically entrenched in violence towards the self. Presented in Montréal and in Europe, his work includes performances, music, videos, installations, and writing.
Jack Dexter is a performer who creates with dance and voice. Originally from Connecticut (USA), he trained in contemporary dance choreography at Concordia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2019). As a performer, he has worked with creators such as Nien Tzu Weng, Abe Simon Mijnheer, and Alejandro Šajgalík. His work approaches themes of mortality, self-destruction, and the attempt at answering larger than life existential questions that will surely crush him in the process. Built with candidness and unapologetic honesty, his improvised practices strive to instill a sense of camaraderie among all who participate.