The mischievous iconoclast Benoît Lachambre plays with light, colours and the bodies of the dancers of Montréal Danse to stimulate our senses. A gust of fresh air and pleasure offered as an invigorating follow-up to his impressive success last season.
Acid-coloured draperies and hardhats, mysterious bodies that appear and are revealed under fabulous lighting, a dance at times highly structured and at others totally free, supported by the electro soundtrack, with scenes that are touching, comic, intriguing. The mischievous iconoclast Benoît Lachambre uses any and all means to multiply the Prismes portrayed onstage, stimulating our senses and casting doubt on our perceptions. The recipient of multiple awards, this avant-garde artist returns to some of his initial loves by incorporating the vocabulary of classical, jazz and modern dance, giving a new form of expression to his research on awakening the senses by directly soliciting those of the audience. In collaboration with lighting designer Lucie Bazzo, he plays with interactions between the body and light, showing how light transforms bodies by leaving traces in the retina of the spectator’s eye. He also rattles conceptions by playing with sex symbols and images of gender, adopting a more visual and playful approach than in his previous works. Created in October 2013 at the Agora de la danse and acclaimed by critics, Prismes offers an experience almost at the complete opposite of the disturbing and memorable solo “Iˮ is Memory that he created for Louise Lecavalier, which was presented by Danse Danse in 2007. A blast of fresh air and pleasure that highlights the talent and versatility of the six dancers of Montréal Danse.
Founded in 1986, Montréal Danse has been under the artistic direction of Kathy Casey since 1996. Inviting both seasoned and emerging choreographers to create works for the company’s troupe of strong dancers, it has promoted the work of numerous choreographers, including Sarah Chase, Estelle Clareton and Jean-Sébastien Lourdais. The company also presents several creative workshops and seminars and has been an active force over the past several years in the Danse contre la violence program.
“Benoît Lachambre is known to be never conventional, repetitive or overcautious. (…) The dancers of the longstanding and magnificent company Montréal Danse are known to be audacious chameleons, physically perfect as well as mentally alert and receptive.” (La Presse, Montreal)
“Prismes, with its playful spirit, its orgy of colour, its outrageous soundtrack and its exuberant dancers is a magnificent work.” (dfdanse.com)
“The incredible dancers present the body in all its states and in perilous situations, with a cheeky sense of humour.” (La Presse, Montreal)
Photo © Luc Senécal
Choreographer Benoît Lachambre
Artistic Advisor : Kathy Casey
Performers Rachel Harris, Elinor Fueter, Annik Hamel, Sylvain Lafortune, Manuel Roque, Peter Trosztmer
Light Lucie Bazzo
Music Laurent Maslé, Tomas Furey
Technical Director Karine Gauthier
Sound Technician Guillaume Cavaliere Beranek
Prismes benefited from the support of L’Agora de la danse in Montreal and of Théâtre Hector-Charland in L’Assomption.