A new revelation on the emerging Quebec dance scene, Alan Lake will transform the Cinquième Salle into a mysterious garden tended by high-flying dancers. Their raw, fiery yet tender dance finds an echo in the splendid images of a film that opens up the horizons of this dreamlike landscape.
“Alan Lake presents an ambitious work that combines physical expression with the best of video art. Spectators will long remember the film that opens the show, a standout for its creative photography and its impeccable special effects that highlight the talent of the dancers.” (Voir, Quebec City, review of Là-bas, le lointain)
A choreographer, dancer, director and visual artist, Alan Lake combines his multiple passions and talents in pieces that he has been creating since 2003 in the Alan Lake Factori(e) research lab he founded in Quebec City. Pursuing the mélange of film, choreography and sculpture that led to his success in Quebec City. Alan Lake takes to the path of multidisciplinary dialogue and explores new territories. Blending disciplines and weaving a tale of abstract narration, he invites the spectator to plunge into a raw and fragile world of epic symbolism where mankind is confronted with the perishable or the unchanging. From his exploration of the correlations between the body, filmed images, art installation and raw material, what emerges is a powerful dance vocabulary where the bodies of the four dancers are transformed into a landscape, a mysterious garden that evokes both the world around us and the inner life that is its driving force. With the passage of time, order and disorder follow one another as sedimentation and birth, tragedy and comedy, the ugly and the sublime merge and blend together. Gradually nature is restored and humans reinvent themselves, each of them bearing the imprint of the seasons of life.
It was while researching objects and organic imagery that the visual artist Alan Lake discovered dance. Even before graduating from the École de danse de Québec, he presented multidisciplinary pieces centred on movement. Ravages, his seventh choreography, includes a film, as was also the case with Chaudières, déplacements et paysages (2009) and Là-bas, le lointain (2012). Renowned as one of the most brilliant emerging artists in Quebec City, he received the people’s choice award at Vidéastes Recherché•es for his piece 9 Minutes, 2 Fois (2004).
“His style is strong and singular, and his choreography goes beyond the frontiers of movement. With Là-bas, le lointain, Alan Lake has created a surprise of the 2011-2012 season and managed to touch the great Lepage, who was full of praise during the post-show discussion.” (Voir, Quebec City)
Photo (out of a film) © François Gamache.
Choreography Alan Lake with the dancers. Interpretation Dominic Caron, David Rancourt, Esther Rousseau-Morin, Arielle Warnke St-Pierre. Rehearsal Assistant, Artistic Advisor Annie Gagnon. Set Design Julie Lévesque. Set Design Assistant Jean-Nicolas Demers. Composer Antoine Berthiaume. Photography Direction François Gamache. Video Design Louis-Robert Bouchard. Lighting Design François Marceau.
This work received the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts du Canada. Creation partners La Place des Arts, La Rotonde centre chorégraphique contemporain de Québec, les Productions Recto-Verso, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique et O Vertigo.