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Louise Lecavalier

Lone Epic / Lula and the Sailor / “I” Is memory
Crystal Pite / Tedd Robinson / Benoît Lachambre

FEV. 2007
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

“More luminous than ever, she returns to the stage in an eloquent piece, gentler and more introspective than we’re used to.” (Le Devoir, Canada)

“One of the most generous performers around.” (Hour, Canada)

photo : Luc Sénécal (Cobalt rouge)

With maturity and a heavyweight dance career on her side, the one and only Louise Lecavalier explores the next stage in her continual evolution alongside talented choreographers Tedd Robinson, a confrere from previous shows, Benoît Lachambre and Crystal Pite. She has put together a show of contrasting tones, reflecting the different approaches of each of the three choreographers.

The project grew out of her “fascination for the impulse of movement that precedes all form of human communication and reveals the soul.” In the words of Louise Lecavalier, “I identify with choreographers whose sense of movement lingers on those nuances.”

As a Danse Danse and La danse sur les routes du Québec initiative, the piece will tour in 8 eight cities in the province if Quebec.

Louise Lecavalier
The first Canadian to win New York’s Bessie Award, for her 1983 performance in/of Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel, Montrealer Louise Lecavalier studied ballet and modern dance in Montreal and New York. She began her career as a professional dancer in 1977, performing for the Nouvelle Aire and Pointépiénu companies as well as independent choreographers in Montreal and New York.

In 1981, she joined La La La Human Steps, dancing for the company until 1999, when she received Canada’s highest dance honour, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, the first dancer ever to do so. As the emblematic figure of La La La and muse to artistic director Édouard Lock, Lecavalier danced in Oranges (1981), Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel (1983), Human Sex (1985), New Demons (1987), Infante (1991), 2 (1995) and Exaucé/Salt (1998).

Lecavalier has taken part in every landmark collaboration in the history of La La La Human Steps, including the benefit concert for London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts when she appeared with David Bowie in an Édouard Lock choreography. The piece was later part of the Wrap Around the World show, a concept by the artist Nam June Paik, that was broadcast to several different countries simultaneously. In 1990, she and Donald Weikert were guest artists for ten major stops on Bowie’s Sound and Vision world tour, including New York and Los Angeles. In 1989, she appeared in the Carole Laure video Danse avant de tomber; and took part in the 1992 concert The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa and German orchestra Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna.

photo : Luc Sénécal (Cobalt rouge)

Her film work includes Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days and Élizabeth Chénier, directed by Martin Baril for the NFB’s Pour tout dire series. In fall 1996, Louise Lecavalier and Édouard Lock took part in the documentary Inspirations by British director Michael Apted alongside other celebrated artists including painter Roy Lichtenstein, singer David Bowie and architect Tadao Ando.

In March 2003, she returned to the stage to dance in Reclusive Conclusions and Other Duets, a shared program by Tedd Robinson for Lecavalier, Margie Gillis and Mako Kawano, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Tedd Robinson went on to create the piece Cobalt rouge for Lecavalier and three male dancers. Coproduced by the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Venice Biennale and the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the work premiered at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, then played in Montreal and at the Venice Biennale in June 2005.

Louise Lecavalier was an associate professor in the dance department of the Université du Québec à Montréal in winter 1998, and gives regular workshops and master classes at festivals in Europe as well as in the Experimental Theater Wing of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Tedd Robinson
Ottawa-born Tedd Robinson holds a BA from York University in Toronto and studied at the Toronto Dance Theatre School with legendary British mime artist and performer Lindsay Kemp. He first came to attention as artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (1984-1990), where he created works with a strong theatrical bent. By the time he began his solo career in his native Ottawa, he was a well-respected choreographer, teacher and soloist. His highly original works have kept him in demand for commissions; between touring nationally and internationally and teaching, he has a full schedule. In 1998, his piece Rokudo: Six Destinies in Three Steps won the Jean A. Chalmers National Award for choreography. He is the artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing, the company he founded in 1998. Tedd Robinson donned the robes of the hakukaze soto zen monk between 1994 and 2000, six years that profoundly changed his life and deepened his artistic approach.

Benoît Lachambre
Benoît Lachambre is a choreographer, dancer, improviser and teacher whose interest is the dynamics of communication and perception. His works, presented at prestigious festivals in Canada and internationally, blur the boundaries of dance in a search for the authentic gesture. In 1996, he founded his company par b.l. eux (par Benoît Lachambre et eux) in Montreal to create choreography and collaborate on international, interdisciplinary projects. Benoît Lachambre has worked with such key figures in Canadian and European dance as Lynda Gaudreau, Sasha Waltz and Meg Stuart. Along with Stuart, he created Forgeries, Love and Other Matters, deemed one of the most important productions of the 2004-2005 season in Belgium and the Netherlands. A winner of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize (1998), Benoît Lachambre also received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for best new choreography and best performance for his solo Délire défait, presented in Toronto in 2001. In 2003, he shared the prize for best performance with Carol Prieur at Toronto’s Moving Pictures Festival for his dancing in the films Cantique no 1 and Cantique no 2 by Marie Chouinard.

Crystal Pite
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Crystal Pite has established a name for herself as a prolific dancer and choreographer. In 1996, after eight years dancing with Ballet British Columbia, she joined the Ballett Frankfurt under the directorship of William Forsythe, and performed such pieces as Eidos:Telos, The Loss of Small Detail and Endless House with him.

Since 1990, Crystal Pite has created works for the Alberta Ballet, the Ballet Jörgen Canada, Ballet British Colombia and (bjm_danse), where she was choreographer-in-residence from 2001 to 2004.

In 2001, the Ballett Frankfurt presented a duet by Crystal Pite danced by the choreographer and fellow Canadian Cori Caulfield. That same year, Crystal Pite returned to Canada and formed her company, Kidd Pivot. The excitement generated by her work has made her a regular on the most prestigious contemporary dance stages. Kidd Pivot was invited to the Festival international de nouvelle danse de Montréal in 2003, where the company performed a program entitled Uncollected Work. With Richard Siegal, another member of the defunct Ballett Frankfurt, she also created Double Story (2004), a work that toured Canada and internationally (presented also in May 2006 at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts).


February 2006

Header photo : Angelo Barsetti, layout and colouring : Gris-Gris design graphique