Choreographer and dancer
THE URBAN FOREST MCCORD MUSEUM
In this piece, a man escapes from a world adrift and discovers his new space, falling relentlessly, as if dazed and amazed by the continuous flow of emotions, sensations and information that crashes down on him.
Accompanied by Colombian musician-composer Matéo Barrera (Revelation Radio-Canada 2020 Musique du Monde), the performer responds to his melody, caught up in a voice that seems to guide him with benevolence and sincerity, facing a reflection of himself, a peaceful alter-ego, a warm shadow.
The play, originally created for an audience in CHSLDs during the first waves of the pandemic, reflects our sense of powerlessness in the face of the challenges that seem to loom ahead. This loss of control is certainly not to be fought, but rather welcomed and carried along by the flow of things.
To accept, to mourn what is no longer, in order to rise up again and to rise fully, serenely and humbly.
LIEN NORD, CANL LACHINE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH 3:00PM
TOKAMAK is the Russian acronym for toroidalnaïa kamera s magnitnymi katouchkami, translated as “toroidal chamber with magnetic coils.” The term refers to a physical process that joins two atomic nuclei to form a heavier one; the energy produced through this process is colossal. This contemporary dance duet illustrates human interactions by demonstrating that the most powerful acts and emotions are created through strong bonds with others. The piece draws attention to our abandonment of real human contact in favour of virtual connections and brings us face-to-face with two wandering cosmonauts who have lost their bearings. How will they move forward?
Originally from New Caledonia, Charles Brecard graduated from the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM) in 2017. He has since collaborated with several Montréal artists, such as Parts+Labour_Danse, Andrea Peña, Andrew Skeels and Martin Messier. His boundless curiosity led him to Europe, where he attended numerous training courses. Influenced by urban, folk and contemporary dance styles, he has developed his own teaching and creative practices. His works have been presented in New Brunswick, Montréal, France and Germany.
As an admirer of raw, visceral and aesthetically recognizable movement, I draw my inspiration from Krump, Bboying, popping and the fluidity of contemporary dance, with a view to finding their common ground. More than anything, I seek a balance between the spontaneity of improvisation and the structure of choreography. My current style, which is fluid, continuous and expressive, vacillates between the two extremes of tension and release, oscillating between control, power, sensitivity and surrender.
Dancers Tokamak: Charles Brecard and Odile-Amélie Peters
Dancer Naufrago: Charles Brecard
Photo credits portrait: Olivia N’guyen
Photo credits performance: Romain Lorraine
Photo credits performance: Festival Quartiers Danses