Pauline Berndsen Danse

Pauline Gervais

Choreographer and dancer

Extract from the work Temps Avenir.

Length : 25 minutes.

Share the evening with Margie Gillis Program 1.

Indoor program
Tuesday September 14th 8PM
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

Temps Avenir

Duet

In the duet Temps Avenir, the stage is transformed into a new land governed by its own laws and movements, set to live music by Charles Bicari. The change of atmosphere completely alters the bodies and souls of the performers. Through frenetic, disjointed movements, they come to know each other and eventually develop a strong but fleeting connection. Having lost their bearings, they support each other to better cope with the enormity of their disarray.

First performed at Festival Quartiers Danses as a world premiere in 2018, Temps Avenir has also been presented at the Vue sur la Relève Festival in Montréal, the Plateforme Danse Festival in Corsica and the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival in Montréal.

Extract from the work MMXX.

Length : 30 minutes.

Share the evening with Margie Gillis Program 2.

Indoor program
Thursday, September 16th 8PM
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts

MMXX

quartet

In a dimension altered by technology, four protagonists struggle to find new bearings. Together, they try to connect their own matrices to those of others in a quest for shared identity. Those who were once men and women now live together as one people in a land of virtual borders. 

MMXX is a new process that allows its digital entities to escape isolation. Despite their restricted movements, the four android dancers manage to transcend distance and solitude. Their disjointed, frenetic, synchronized gestures generate a mirage of unity and tenderness. She and he. He and she. The nebulous nature of this quartet survives thanks to the power of numbers and the repeating multiplication of MMXX

Biography

As a graduate of the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Pauline Gervais has worked with Ballet Ouest de Montréal and Johanne Madore, and has collaborated with visual artist Herman Kolgen. With her company Pauline Berndsen Danse, she has performed at Festival Quartiers Danses, the Vue sur la Relève Festival, the Guelph Dance Festival, Westfest and Plateforme Danse. She recently directed two short films on dance in collaboration with the Vue sur la Relève Festival and Festival Quartiers Danses.

Artistic Vision

   I’m fascinated by the complexity of our bodies and all the ways we can move through space.By creating body paths—from the head to the belly to the right shoulder, for example—I see the body in all of its malleable, fluid, pliable glory.

Photo credits portrait : Charlotte Gervais

Photo credits performance : David Wong