José Navas has devoted part of his career to creating and performing solos, a form of which he is an acknowledged master and that made his reputation as an outstanding dancer and choreog-rapher. This time, he turns to a work from the classical music repertoire to frame his dance. In his characteristic physical language incorporating both classical and contemporary lines, Navas gives himself over completely to the essence of Schubert’s journey. Channeling the live music into movement, he portrays the spirit of a man alone in the winter of his life, contemplating the melancholic beauty of nature. A poignant piece, charged with humanity and pure emotion, in which the maturity and refinement of this exceptional dancer shine out and go straight to the heart.
Photo © Valerie Simmons
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José Navas moved to New York before settling in Montreal, where he created his first choreography in 1991. Four years later he founded Compagnie Flak. An exceptional dancer, he pursued his career by creating moving solos, the basis of his success. In his group pieces, he has progressed from theatricality to pure movement and total abstraction. Over the past five years he has also made headway in the world of...Read more about José Navas
Founder and artistic director of Compagnie Flak, José Navas creates abstract group pieces and contemporary ballet pieces as well as dances in his solo shows, charged with emotion. Choreographer in residence for Ballet BC for three years, he successfully delivered his first works on pointe, most notably an iconoclastic version of Giselle in 2013, followed by a new commission for the prestigious National Ballet of Canada in the same...Read more about José Navas / Compagnie Flak
Choreographer, dancer José Navas.
Music Winterreise by Franz Schubert, lyrics by Wilhelm Müller.
Musicians Francis Perron (piano), Jacques-Olivier Chartier (tenor).
Lighting design Marc Parent.
Costumes design Sonya Bayer, L’Atelier de couture Sonya B.
Production direction, development Adrien Bussy.
Production Compagnie Flak.