The effusive and sensitive Danièle Desnoyers finds at Théâtre Maisonneuve a venue that is a match for her talent. Launching her ten dancers in an assault on the space, she provokes a collision between the soundscape on the harp and the contemporary sounds of an electro-acoustic music.
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After years of interdisciplinary work with composers, Danièle Desnoyers decided in 2010 to redeploy the movement that is at the heart of her dance. And she succeeded so well in Dévorer le ciel, co-produced with Danse Danse and presented at the Centre Pierre Péladeau, that the Danse Danse co-directors immediately agreed to provide a large canvas for her work by offering the Théâtre Maisonneuve stage for her next piece. That promise became reality with Paradoxe Mélodie, which will be making its world première in June 2014 at the Canada Dance Festival.
While her dance vocabulary continues to expand with long phrasings that bring to light emotions buried in the inmost depths of the body, the choreographer is bringing live music back into her work with the onstage presence of the harpist Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau, who will perform music by composer Nicolas Bernier, the musical director of the piece. Her performance will then be manipulated live by the sound technician and augmented by a pre-recorded electro-acoustic score. By awakening our auditory and emotional memories with its light tones, the harp stimulates a desire for elevation and ascent, clichés that the founder of Carré des Lombes plays with in humorous fashion. Arpeggios are deliciously perverted by electro-acoustic music and dance (solidly anchored in the contemporary world), defying the instrument and the imagery it evokes.
“How can dance be projected into life and how can life be reflected in a dancing body?” Desnoyer’s creations always evoke a subtle back-and-forth movement between order and chaos. A reflection of the world’s duality, her choreography oscillates between rigour and extravagance, tension and release, delicacy and unbridled energy.
Danièle Desnoyers began her career in 1986 with Des héros désaffectés, where she was already probing the expressiveness of the body. She founded Le Carré des Lombes in 1989 and established a solid reputation in the 1990s as someone whose sensitivity and originality helped lead to the emergence of new perspectives in dance. Her choreography is quite distinctive, with remarkable staging and sound environments that have a strong impact on the language of the body.
Effusive and generous, her choreography is characterized by a constant oscillation between rigour and wild frenzy. Infused with humour and sensuality, the finely polished movements of Paradoxe Mélodie burst into life in vigorous duos and explosions of energy.
This piece marks her company’s fourth Danse Danse presentation, after Concerto grosso pour corps et surface métallique and Play it again! (co-presented with Agora de la danse in 1999 and in 2005 respectively), and Dévorer le ciel.
"Never flat or conventionnal, her dance landscape embraces vibrations, tumult and distortions. The movement is raw, urgent and invigorating, between constriction and freedom, restriction and release." (Cahiers de théâtre Jeu, Montreal, review of a former piece by the choreographer)
“Desnoyers has demonstrated a solid understanding of pure movement since the beginning of her career.” (The Gazette, Montreal, review of a former piece by the choreographer)
Photo © Monic Richard
Artistic Director and choreographer Danièle Desnoyers. Dancers Tal Adler, Karina Champoux, Molly Johnson, Jason Martin, Brice Noeser, Pierre-Marc Ouellette, Nicolas Patry, Clémentine Schindler, Anne Thériault, Élise Vanderborght. Rehearsal Director Sophie Corriveau assisted by Emmanuelle Bourassa Beaudoin. Composer Nicolas Bernier. Harpist Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau. Lighting Designer Marc Parent. Costumes Designer Denis Lavoie. Make-up and Hairstyle Designer Angelo Barsetti. Technical Director and Sound Manager Guillaume Cavaliere-Beranek. Lighting Gonzalo Soldi Perez Del Solar.
Paradoxe Mélodie is a production of Le Carré des Lombes in co-production with Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Cultuurcentrum (Bruges), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Centennial Theatre (Sherbrooke), Danse Danse (Montreal), CanDance Network (Toronto), Dance Departement of UQÀM and the PAFARC (Montreal)
With the support of Place des Arts (Montreal), Centennial Theatre (Sherbrooke) and Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal)
Le Carré des Lombes receives the financial support of the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for Arts, the Montreal Arts Council.
Le Carré des Lombes is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique and the Regroupement québécois de la danse.