1st participation at FQD
Spoken-word artist HODA is a naturally organic dancer whose body moves to the rhythm of her breathing, her flow, and the words she speaks. With her words and body, she tells the story of having lived in Saudi Arabia as a woman. Speech becomes performative, words make the body move. HODA unveils what inspired her to put words to her life, on the prohibitions of Saudi Arabia where she grew up, and what helped her face her past, one where intimacy was stolen by a society that dictates its laws. By arriving in Montreal, a city of freedom and openness in stark contrast to her previous life, she hopes to find her place.
Original music: Tyler Fitzmaurice and Greg Debicki
Acknowledgements: Quartiers Danses Festival and Marc Béland
5th participation at FQD
Victoria May has danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Gothenburg Ballet, and Danish Dance Theatre, she has worked with Louise Bédard Danse, Système D/Dominique Porte, Thea Patterson, Peter Trosztmer, and Danse-Cité. A contemporary-dance-theatre choreographer, she is fascinated by stories and experiences stored in the body. Landmarks of her work encompass several disciplines such as classically based dance fused with contemporary movements and improvisation, live and recorded text as well as original music to create a hybrid performance where voices are multiple and layered. This magnificent duo of two top performers tells the story of 8 generations of women through a technical and delicate dance. She follows her shadow to retrace steps that her predecessors once walked in the pattern of figure of 8 or an infinity loop. Victoria May searches for a path to reconciling the past so that she can leave a clearer future for those she will eventually leave behind.
Dancers/performers: Eve Garnier and Victoria May
Choreographer: Victoria May
Music collaborator and editing: Olivier Girouard
Lighting design: Rasmus Sylvest
Movement and text were co-created by Eve Garnier and Victoria May.
This creation has benefited from a creative residency at : Centre Chorégraphique O’Vertigo, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Louise Lapierre Danse, Ballet Coppelia, The School of Dance (Ottawa, ON).
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Moose, Stella and family, Eve, Olivier, Christine Friday, Genevieve, Yael, Rafik and the team of Festival Quartiers Danses 2018
8 wishbones is dedicated to Roberta, wherever you are everywhere.
1st participation at FQD
Hemabharathy Palani is a choreographer and performer with rare feline sensuality. Her latest creation, Yashti, integrates contemporary dance, traditional Indian dance vocabulary, and improvisation. In an honest and forthright poem, a feminine voice unveils multiple truths and paints a sensorial and multidimensional portrait of women. An image of womanhood in contemporary India is presented, created from memories of people who have adopted a life that differs from the norm.
Choreographer and performer: Hemabharathy Palani
Original music: Miguel Marin
Costumes: Aloka D’Souza
Lighting: Shymon Chelad
Acknowledgements: Quartiers Danses Festival, 2Faced Dance Company – The Bench program, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, and Dance Base