and James Viveiros
Choreographers and dancers
Lien Nord, Canal Lachine
Jötunn is inspired by mythology. In this co-created piece, communication is viewed in an unusual way, through the manipulation of natural objects: branches. The movements of the dancers and the branches create and dismantle landscapes. The images flow into one another. These metamorphoses celebrate the complexities of humanity, the multitudes of macrocosmic experiences and the impermanence of existence.
James Viveiros and Nicolas Patry first met in 2019. Since then, they have shared a strong, complementary artistic bond. James is a Montréal-based contemporary dance artist of Cree, Métis and Portuguese descent, whose career has spanned more than 25 years. He has been a member of the Marie Chouinard Company and has collaborated with numerous companies and choreographers, both as a performer and a creator. For over 13 years, Nicolas has danced with several Montréal choreographers, including Danièle Desnoyers, Parts+Labour_Danse, Louise Bédard and Sylvain Émard. In addition to their creative endeavours, both James and Nicolas are very active teachers of contemporary dance in Montréal.
The pandemic has forced to reconsider our traditional approaches to dance creation. A central element of our collaborations is a quest to connect with something greater than us, something intangible. Conversations about mystical forces, research, movement and the images we’ve created together have made us aware of the importance of dialogue and the vast array of sociological, environmental and historical truths, as well as the fragility of the human condition.
Dancers: James Viveiros and Nicolas Patry
Photo credits performance: Jonathan Goulet