In Mécaniques nocturnes, Anne Plamondon returns to the sources of the first movement, the first desire: a primitive state of being, the human animal before the emergence of the mysterious, impossible-to-muzzle urge to create and to build.
After a long career as a dancer working with renowned Canadian and European choreographers, including an outstanding collaboration with the RUBBERBANDance Group, Anne Plamondon is now making her mark as a choreographer. Mécaniques nocturnes is a real turning point in her career, a confirmation of her desire to explore personal intuitions in greater depth. For this new piece she is again working with director Marie Brassard, a collaboration that was initiated with her first choreography, Les mêmes yeux que toi, presented in 2012 at Agora de la danse.
Choreography and performance
Anne Plamondon / © Michael Slobodian
From 1994 to 2000 Anne Plamondon danced for the Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal and the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, under the direction of Jiri Kylian. During that period she helped create and/or perform works by more than 30 choreographers including Angelin Preljocaj, Paul Lightfoot and Ohad Naharin.
After returning to Montreal in 2002 she began working with the choreographer Victor Quijada, first as a dancer in his company the Groupe RUBBERBANDance and then, as of 2005, as co-director of the company.
Anne has also collaborated with the choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot, and most recently with Les 7 doigts de la main and also the company PPS Danse.
She made her début as a choreographer in 2012 with the remarkable presentation of her solo Les mêmes yeux que toi, an exploration of mental illness, working in collaboration with the director Marie Brassard. That was also the case for her newest piece, Mécaniques nocturnes. By delving into subjects that have deep personal resonance for her, Anne Plamondon aims to create works that leave a strong impression, both in terms of virtuosity and perceptible authenticity.
Choreography, dramaturgy and performance Anne Plamondon
Staging and dramaturgy Marie Brassard
Scenography Antonin Sorel
Music Frédéric Auger, Last Ex, Olivier Fairfield
Sound Frédéric Auger
Lighting Yan Lee Chan
Costumes Marilène Bastien
Sound Design Frédéric Auger, Last Ex
Rehearsal Director Shawn Hounsell
Technical Director Samuel Thériault
Production Manager Julie Brosseau Doré
September 20 > 22, 2017 – 7 p.m.
September 23, 2017 – 4 p.m.
$22 < $35
Coproduction Agora de la danse, Corporation Hector-Charland, La Rotonde
Creative Residencies Agora de la danse, Centre des Arts de Banff, Danse à la carte
Subtle material for a unique, exceptional dancer who pulls off an improbable mélange of infinite delicacy, total fluidity and muscular power, but also of physical and emotional impact.
Aline Apostolska, La Presse, review of Les mêmes yeux que toi, November 2012