The charismatic Myriam Allard and her accomplice Hedi Graja once again break new ground in flamenco with their most recent piece. They set the stage ablaze in a series of tableaux that merge dance and live music into an exciting whole. Intense, dazzling, thrilling.
The New Face of Flamenco
In this brand new piece, the charismatic dancer-choreographer Myriam Allard and the singer and director Hedi Graja reaffirm their unique style of reinvented flamenco. Hybrid, iconoclastic and poetic.
Performing solo, but in an ongoing dialogue with the three musicians, the dancer presents a spirited variation on the multiple ways of communicating with the other. Between solitude and fusion, mystery and the familiar, the other offers a reflection or leaves an impression that is felt deep in the flesh. And here the other is not only the human spirit, but also music and song.
Flamenco subtly influences the almost cinematographic musical composition of the guitarist Caroline Planté, who has been performing on the flamenco scene for 20 years. Like her accomplices Hedi Graja (vocals and palmas) and Miguel Medina (percussion and palmas), she is a strong presence onstage, physically committed to the choreography.
Updating its age-old codes and stripped of its costumes and traditional figures, this flamenco vibrates with sincerity and depth, with the intensity of the dancer’s presence and the powerful emotions it evokes. A much anticipated event.
La Otra Orilla, the Other Shore of Flamenco
After studying in Seville and Madrid, Quebecer Myriam Allard pursued dance studies with masters who, like Israel Galván, combined purity of form with modernity. In Andalusia she met the multidisciplinary artist Hedi Graja, who had studied theatre and classical singing in France. She travelled the world performing with various troupes while he completed his studies and began a career as an actor. In 2005 they met up once again in Montreal, where they embarked on very personal research to create a form of flamenco close to their hearts, and together founded La Otra Orilla. Moi&lesAutres is the third show of theirs to be presented by Danse Danse and the Cinquième Salle, after El12 and HomoBLABLAtus.
Photo © Levent Erutku.
Conception, Choreography and Staging Myriam Allard, Hedi Graja. On Stage Myriam Allard, Hedi Graja, Miguel Medina, Caroline Planté. Musical Composer Caroline Planté. Lights Étienne Boucher. Costume Marianne Thériault. Rehearsal Hélène Messier. Sound Bernard Grenon. Lights Manager Hugo Ralet.
Co-production La Otra Orilla and Théâtre Centennial, with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Conseil des Arts de Montréal.