Two companies that are creating buzz on the emerging dance scene will present works that critics rated in the 2013 Top Ten. A duo of urban contemporary dance reinvented in geometric harmony, and a physical, emotional and cathartic piece for seven men.
Danse Danse is providing an opportunity for the young artists of Tentacle Tribe and Wants&Needs Danse to revisit works that were enthusiastically received last year by the small audience for emerging Quebec dance. This is a great chance to discover two companies that are creating a lot of buzz.
Established in 2005, Wants&Needs Danse is renowned for its ability to democratize contemporary dance with popular events it organizes in atypical venues such as Sala Rossa for Short&Sweet (also presented at the Festival TransAmériques QG) and the Bain Mathieu for Piss in the Pool. In 2011 co-founder Sasha Kleinplatz prepared an initial structure for Chorus II. The complete version was presented in 2013 at MAI in a set design that recreated a swimming pool space. Inspired by the memory of her grandfather swaying or davening as he recited the Sabbath prayers and the strength and tenderness it evoked, the Ontario-raised Montrealer called on 6 athletic dancers with strong personalities and a riveting singer-percussionist to perform in a piece that suggests a physical, cathartic ritual tinged with nostalgia. A spiritual quest, a connection to a greater power and a metaphor for getting beyond the self, the piece incarnates power and the vulnerability of man.
“Sasha Kleinplatz steps up to the big leagues with this captivating work that extols the essence and beauty of masculinity freed from its shackles.” (Voir, Montreal)
Tentacle Tribe was founded in 2012 by the Ontarian Emmanuelle Lê Phan and the Swedish dancer Elon Höglund. They made a strong impression with pieces for Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize and the RUBBERBANDance Group, generating interest among critics from the very first of their three personal creations. In a delectable fusion of music and movement, they invent a geometry of harmonious urban contemporary dance that they call “conceptual hip-hop” or “deconstructed street dance”. In Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, they were inspired by the fluid movements of diverse land and sea creatures, further enriching and polishing a magnetic duo presented in shorter versions at Tangente and at the Quartiers Danses festival.
”Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid (…) is seriously good, full of very physical hip-hop virtuosity and pure, youthful energy.” (The Dance Current, Top Ten 2013)
“Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund (…) join forces in a magical osmosis with movement that is extremely precise, dynamic and rhythmically nuanced.” (dfdanse.com)
Photo © JR LLAGUNO
Photo © The Gemmers
Creation and/or interpretation Benjamin Kamino, Sasha Kleinplatz, Milan Panet-Gigon Simon Portigal, Lael Stellick, Jamie Thompson, Frédéric Wiper, Nathan Yaffe
Creation and composition Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Jamie Thompson
Lighting, Technical direction, Scenography Paul Chambers
Outside eye Thea Patterson, Andrew Tay, Ginelle Chagnon
Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid
Choreography and performance Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Elon Höglund
Lighting design Benoit Larivière
Cotumes Tentacle Tribe with Jodee Allen
Music Dictaphone, Pentaphobe, Hacksaw, Colorlist, Hubbard Hills, Elon Höglund, Betty Bonifassi
Rehearsal Director Helen SImard
Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid is a Tentacle Tribe production and a Danse Danse and Place des Arts co-production with the collaboration of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. The company is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.