Daniel Léveillé, Manuel Roque et Catherine Gaudet
OFF selection - showcase
Excerpt – Solitudes duo
Daniel Léveillé has graced stages across the world with the radicalism of his impossible choreographic scores. An unexpected gentleness dawned in Solitudes solo and Solitudes duo is a surprisingly romantic work, sensual and piqued with humour.
Here is a close-up look at couples. Masculine, feminine, mixed, duos follow one upon the other, identities merge and are protected in an immaculate white, small space. Freedom found in the constraints of a relationship. Hips roll, thighs wrap around each other. Bodies are entwined, launch into acrobatics and are buoyed upwards, eventually falling under the weight of contempt.
The nature of that connection is read in the eyes, in the tension of the muscle, the quality of the touch. Modesty, passion, indifference, affection and indulgence are revealed in the sound of the Baroque harpsichord and violins, in the 1970s pop-rock tunes. Strength, grace and emotion come together to create the technical movements of this demanding performance—to our great delight!
Excerpt – bang bang
A study in the zeitgeist of pushing your limits, bang bang is a stage object for a kamikaze soloist who explores the notion of resistance. The piece unfolds as a trial-score, directly questioning the what performance means in both its literal and figurative sense, from the presentation venue to the metaphors representing our contemporary western lifestyles.
Progressively, the sweat drips, the flaws become more raw, the familiar form of the body appears as a watermark. The performer pursues the dance, until he loses himself, the how and the why, the necessity of being there. The spectator travels via a kinaesthetic empathy.
The narrative track, Seul un corps seul, dives into the trial and pleasure, into the suffering that intermingles with and is revealed most humbly in a space that is paradoxal, ambiguous and evocative on many levels.
Excerpt - Tout ce qui va revient
One lone figure. Many faces.
Between reality and fantasy.
Between a troubled past and a hazy present.
Between a nightmare and a gentle dream.
You are both my salvation and my torment.
I love you. I hate you.
UQÀM - Département de danse