If we could shed like a reptile, what would we leave behind? What would come of this state of intense vulnerability? Mue érable explores the Granthis, the three knots to detangle in the yogic tradition: the ventral knot, the heart knot, and the head knot, all in an environment allying worrying strangeness and onerism. A space with a whitewashed floor is covered by coloured fabric pieces, representing mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual skins that have been left behind. Willingly or by force.
These fabrics also structure the scenic space, creating geometric forms on the ground following the dancer’s movements and creating space where he too can shed. Charles-Alexis Desgagnés is always in search of natural authenticity on stage, of a “balanced middle-ground”. He proposes gestures allying notable physicality and claimed presence; a mixture of athleticism, groove, fluidity, sensitivity, and images. Musical compositions by composer Jean-Michel Blais, sound artist Marie-Hélène Brousseau and the ambient sounds of the group Feu doux complete the cohesion of this piece where movement guides experience, as a cinematographic mediation.
This piece has benefited from a creative residency at studio Bizz, at Conseil des Arts de Montréal, at studio CCOV, the Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Louise Lapierre Danse.
Choreography and interpretation: Charles-Alexis Desgagnés
Creative Coaches: Vanessa Brazeau, Janelle Hacault, Sara Harton and Claire Seyller
Music and mixing: Marie-Hélène Brousseau. With the sounds of Jean-Michel Blais and Feu Doux.
Costume and scenography: Charles- Alexis Desgagnés
Lighting: Claire Seyller
Photographers: Marie-Ève Dion and Keegan Boulineau
Acknowledgements: A BIG thank you to Stéphanie Bokownski for the fabrics as well as to the 28 artists of Mue érable 2018 (a lot of love, this work is a little by and for you). Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the wonderful Claire, Janelle, Sara and Vanessa for the help and wise advice in the studio. Thank you Barbara. Finally, thank you to the FQD for the opportunity and organization of this kind of event, which is vital for our community.
“You can be convinced that we are the same as you are, cured from the same clay. We have no other purpose than the one we declared. This is the basic program for our action. If you help us, we will try to achieve this goal together. Can you help?” A fragment of a communistic propaganda speech, 1970’s, Edward Gierek.
The actress and the choreographer are looking at their artistic roots and their stories together, taking on the topic of identity, education and climate changes. They try to identify what gives them wings and what brings them down. Absolutely Fabulous Dancers seeks answers and inspirations in the past, in Polish history, everyday movement, body memory and performative tools. This way create their unique, absurd and slightly bizarre dance style. It breaks down stereotypes and expectations about who the dancer should be. They are asking questions: What has shaped us? Where are we heading? Does anyone know what our lives would look like without the education that we had to go through? Do we have to wake up and unlearn everything we had to learn to go on? Can we find peace, despite the recurring story that comes back like a boomerang?
This piece has benefited from a creative residency at the Place des Arts.
A discussion with the artists of Hoteloko will take place immediately after the performance in the same room.
Dancers/performers : Magdalena Przybysz, Mirosław Woźniak, Agata Życzkowska
Music : Zdzisława Sośnicka “Aleja gwiazd”, Bomfunk MCs “Freestyler”, Martin Garrix “Animals”, Haddaway “What Is Love”, Swan Lake Ballet (Tchaikovsky) – Act I II. Valse (Tempo Di Valse),
Costumes : Anna Ciupryk
Photographer : Anna Ciupryk
Acknowledgements : Our partners, Dance Art Center, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, PROM Kultury, The city of Warsaw
This evening is presented by