Rhodnie Désir, laureate of the 2020 Grand Prix de la danse and associate artist at Place des Arts, takes up the challenge of a large-scale show for 15 performers and the 60 musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A truly special event!
To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible! For Rhodnie Désir, human connection and oral tradition are fundamental to any project. After the extraordinary trajectory of BOW’T TRAIL, which took her to seven different regions in the Americas, she tackles another major challenge, the result of a large-scale collaboration with composer Jorane; sound designer Engone Endong; RD Créations’ “house band,” the Orchestre Métropolitain; and the National Film Board, for immersive projections. The heart, with all its imbalances and upheavals, fascinates this “keeper of memories.” Drawing on testimonials by specialists from the Montreal Heart Institute, she will translate the heart’s pulsations, along with its turmoil and weaknesses, into movement, echoing the defects in our society. A symphony of dance between the heart, the body, physical objects, video, light, music, and Afro-contemporary rhythms.
Rhodnie Désir has created about fifteen choreographic works, among them, her flagship piece BOW'T TRAIL Rétrospek and her pioneering memoir journey BOW'T TRAIL, which have earned her two awards from the Prix de la danse de Montréal (2020): Prix Envol and the highly coveted Grand Prix de la danse.
Creative Director, Choreographer, and Vocal Composer Rhodnie Désir.
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Musical and Vocal Composer Jorane.
Orchestrator François Vallières.
Beatmaker and Sound Deisgner Engone Endong.
Video/Digital Designer Manuel Chantre.
Costume Designer Mélanie Ferrero.
Set and Lighting Designer Chantal Labonté.
Musicians Orchestre Métropolitain (OM).
Dancers RD Créations.
Co-production Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, LAC – Lugano arte e cultura.
Main Partners The National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, National Film Board.
Creation Partners Montreal Heart Institute, Place des Arts.
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