Drawing on their decade-long creative relationship, the two performers combine their respective approaches in their very first joint project, a thoughtful exploration of their shared passion for partner work. L’un L’autre reveals the poetry that springs from the close connection of two beings. At the centre of the empty stage, two bodies come together symbiotically to form a single, inseparable entity. Thrusting, leaning, lifting … the dance is built around uninterrupted mutual support. It unfolds in virtuosic, lyrical cycles, in an unbroken stream of figures and movements that rotate, intertwine and mutate continuously. The two dancers embody solidarity and the powerful transformative potential of human connection. They clearly love dancing together, and their enjoyment is contagious.
© Laurent Theillet.
Since 1979, Sylvain Lafortune danced for international renowned companies such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Lar Lubovitch Dance Co., O Vertigo and Montréal Danse. As a Freelance since 2000, he danced for various projects including Montréal Danse (Prisme, Instant Community), Création Estelle Clareton (Monsieur, S’envoler in co-production with Montréal Danse) and PPS Danse (Les chaises). He has taught in several for...Read more about Sylvain Lafortune
After graduating from l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Esther Rousseau-Morin used to dance for various companies such as Le Carré Des Lombes, Bouge de Là, Maribé Sors De Ce Corps, Lorganisme (Caroline Laurin-Beaucage), Le Fils d’Adrien danse, Montréal Danse, Créations Estelle Clareton, Trois Tristes Tigres, Alan Lake Factori(e) and Animals Of Distinctions. Moreover, Esther keeps growing while participa...Read more about Esther Rousseau-Morin
Since 10 years, Sylvain Lafortune and Esther Rousseau-Morin work together as researcher, teacher and dancer. Their great complicity, their shared passion for work partnering and their expertise in this specific field led them to explore even further their understanding of this practice. Their first impetus has been to focus on several principles more mechanical and to carry them to the extreme : to keep a constant interdepe...Read more about Sylvain Lafortune + Esther Rousseau-Morin
Choreography and dance Esther Rousseau-Morin, Sylvain Lafortune.
Music Antoine Berthiaume.
Lighting Marc Parent.
Costumes and stage design Marilène Bastien.
Dramaturgic Advisor Estelle Clareton.
Rehearsal Directors Jean-François Légaré, Jessica Serli.
Stage Director Lee Anholt.
Creation support Créations Estelle Clareton
Project administration Montréal Danse
L’un L’autre has received the financial support from the Canada council for the arts. The creation has benefitted from creative residencies at Louise Lapierre Danse, l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec and Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV and from a technical residency at Maison de la culture Frontenac.
Thank you to Kathy Casey, Antoine Rousseau, Alan Lake Factori(e), Guillaume Rousseau-Morin.