Hélène Blackburn / Cas Public – Allegro Barbaro
That encounter is a dive into the choreography of Hélène Blackburn and her company Cas Public. It’s a great opportunity to be in close proximity to a group of ten performers as you dance onstage with them. Allegro Barbaro is inspired by the four humours theory of ancient Greece, whereby any excess or deficit of four bodily fluids (blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm) led to sickness. A thrilling dance experience, the piece unfolds at a breathless pace,
punctuated by dazzling performers driven to surpass their limits as they relish the sheer joy of dancing.
Choreography and artistic direction Hélène Blackburn
Rehearsal director Jérémy Galdeano
Performers Cai Glover, Alexander Ellison, Laura Vande Zande, Adrian Maxwell, Campagna, Élodie Scholtes Labrecque, Aicha Ben Chaaboune, Mateo Picone, Raphael Bouchard,
Florence Hughes, Anja Fanslau
Music Martin Tétreault
Lighting design Emmanuel Landry in collaboration with Hélène Blackburn
Costumes Michael Slack
Margie Gillis – The Complex Simplicity of Love
Dance with the great doyenne of dance Margie Gillis and her two colleagues, Geneviève Boulet and Susan Paulson. Through the use of motion sensors, 3D animation allows spectators to see in real time their movements trace patterns of texture, colour and light in the space as they accompany the three dancers during the presentation. In a privileged face-to-face relationship with the artists, the spectator is introduced to the choreography by means of natural, circular movements employed in a short dance sequence. First presented 20 years ago, The Complex Simplicity of Love was driven by a desire to dance with someone who was not there, to explore the presence of absence.
Choreography and Artistic Direction Margie Gillis
Performers Margie Gillis, Geneviève Boulet, Susan Paulson
Lighting Design Pierre Lavoie
Music G.F. Häendel (Singers Quartom, Kerry Bursey,
Benoit Le Blanc, Philippe Martel, Julien Patenaude)
Costumes Denis Gagnon, Sonya Bayer
Coordinator Anita Czeski
Andrea Peña – 6.58 Manifesto
That presentation features Andrea Peña. In this close encounter with eight dancers and a soprano, spectators find themselves in a raw, unfiltered realm of sensation and physicality. A rising young choreographer, Andrea is renowned for her multidisciplinary alternate worlds, her abstract yet politically charged works and the visceral experiences she creates for the audience. In this excerpt from 6.58 manifesto, Andrea Peña & Artists train a critical eye on how we relate to external systems and forces in our lives, pressures we deal with on a daily basis.
Andrea Peña & Artists Company
Artistic Director Andrea Peña
Choreography Andrea Peña in co-creation with the artists
Performers Nicholas Bellefleur, Gabby Kachan, Jean-Benoît Labrecque, Jontae
McCrory, Erin O’loughlin, Francois Richard, Frédérique Rodier, Laura Toma
Soprano Erin Lindsay
Sound Designer Marc Bartissol alias dull
Set Design Andrea Peña, Alexis Gosselin
Set Design Jonathan Saucier
Artistic Advisor Hélène Simard
Lighting Designer Hugo Dalphond
Costumes Polina Boltova, Rodolfo Moraga
VR Production Assistant Bobby Leon
Special thanks to Hélène Blackburn and Cas Public for their precious collaboration on this project.
Agora de la danse wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support.