Sylvain Émard - Préludes

  • Montreal
  • Sylvain Émard Danse

    Prelude # 1 - The Circle

    Sylvain Émard
  • Prelude #2 - The Square

    Sylvain Émard
Length – 25 min. per Prélude Venue – Esplanade, Place des Arts
2 October 2021
3 October 2021

4:00 PM  Prelude # 1 - The Circle 
5:00 PM  Prelude #2 - The Square 

A tribute to the liberating power of dance. 

This project originated with Rhapsodie, a work for 20 dancers choreographed by Sylvain Émard and scheduled to be presented by Danse Danse in Febuary 2022. Inspired by the ritual aspect of dance, Rhapsodie celebrates our visceral and instinctive side, capturing the life force and the sometimes subversive surrender of bodies in movement.

Challenged by the pandemic, the choreographer imagined “preludes” to his performance-event, “body chords” that would usher in the piece to come, using current constraints to explore the very essence of the work, now shaken. The 20 dancing bodies of Rhapsodie, sometimes entwined, often close together, no longer touch each other. Like a sudden and unexpected change of direction, Préludes to Rhapsodie drive the choreography into new territories.


Prelude #1  - The Circle 

The dancers form a big circle on the Place des Arts Esplanade before gathering around a kernel of spectators. In turn, the rest of the audience surrounds the performers like a circular wave. The circle represents the cycles of nature; it evokes ritual, a spirit of communion, of unity. Prélude #1 investigates the notion of ritual in a context where the very act of gathering is thrown into question.


Prelude #2  - The Square

Symbol of a fixed and balanced world, the square is a human invention, an attempt at stabilization that echoes the urban world around us, where the right angle reigns unopposed. The square suggests a more settled, ordered behaviour than the circle, even if the two forms are, in a way, complementary. In Prelude #2, the square comes to life and pulsates in the heart of the Place des Arts Esplanade.


A Danse Danse presentation.

Place des Arts

FREE OUTDOOR EVENT
 

  • Sylvain Émard

    Photo © Cindy Boyce.

    Sylvain Émard

    A prolific and internationally respected artist, Sylvain Émard created his own dance company Sylvain Émard Danse in 1990, quickly establishing a reputation for a very original style. Highly theatrical at first, his work soon evolved into a more formal approach to dance. Ever since Ozone, Ozone (1987), his first solo, up to Preludes (2020), a site specific diptych for 20 dancers, he has been exploring the territory of huma...

    Read more about Sylvain Émard
  • Sylvain Émard Danse

    A prolific and internationally respected artist, Sylvain Émard created his own dance company Sylvain Émard Danse in 1990, quickly establishing a reputation for a very original style. Highly theatrical at first, his work soon evolved into a more formal approach to dance. Ever since Ozone, Ozone (1987), his first solo, up to Preludes (2020), a site specific diptych for 20 dancers, he has been exploring the territory of huma...

    Read more about Sylvain Émard Danse

Choreography Sylvain Émard.

Dancers Rodrigo Alvarenga, Sophie Breton, Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, Luis Cabanzo, Karina Champoux, Matéo Chauchat, Félix Cossette, Dylan Crossman, Marilyne Cyr, Marie-Michelle Darveau, Janelle Hacault, Mathieu Hérard, Kyra Jean Green, Christopher LaPlante, James Phillips, Matthew Quigley, Simon Renaud, Cara Roy, Marie-Philippe Santerre, Camille Trudel-Vigeant.

Aprentices Aurélie Figaro, Nikita Perruzini.

Rehearsals Daniel Villeneuve.

Original Music Poirier and Martin Tétreault.

Costumes Marilène Bastien.

Technical Director François Marceau.

This creation show was made possible thanks to the special support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

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