étude # 3 pour cordes et poulies
MARCH 8.9.10, 2007
Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place
“Inventive in every step, poetic
in every motive, tender in every movement, Ginette Laurin’s
sensitive dance is a boundless revelation.” (La Voix du Nord, France)
O Vertigo, one of Canada’s foremost dance
companies, returns to Danse Danse with étude
# 3 pour cordes et poulies, the new work by founder
and artistic director Ginette Laurin. The piece, featuring the company’s
eight topnotch dancers, portrays bodies both free and shackled,
helpless puppets of forces beyond their control, words their only
weapon against the torment. The choreographer
also called on the talents of dramaturg Stéphanie Jasmin
for the piece.
Ginette Laurin trained in gymnastics, modern dance and ballet in
Montreal and New York. In the early ‘70s, she joined Groupe
Nouvelle Aire, one of Québec’s first companies producing
original modern dance works. As a dancer she was much in demand,
performing for most Montreal choreographers while developing her
choreographer technique on the side.
After creating several works as an independent choreographer, Laurin
formed her company, O Vertigo, in 1984 and quickly rose to become
one of Montreal’s leading dance figures. She is constantly
renewing her approach to movement and the imagery she presents.
Her taste for placing bodies in extreme situations has led her to
develop a unique and inventive language, bursting with energy yet
intensely poetic and emotional, to express her “dance with
a soul.” (La Marseillaise,
Ginette Laurin also works closely with her dancers,
whose personalities and commitment shine through in her works. Her
latest piece, ANGELs, which premiered in February 2006
at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts, is a prime example.
Not only did the dancers participate in the choreography, its theme
is their performance fantasies.
Winner of the Jean A. Chalmers National Award for
choreography in 1986, Ginette Laurin has choreographed nearly 40
works, including commissions for Introdans (Netherlands), Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Ballet Contemporaneo de
San Martín (Buenos Aires). Her work La Chambre blanche was awarded the Grand Prix of the Montreal Urban Community
Arts Council in 1992 and the Dora Mavor Moore Award in Toronto in
1994. Laurin was also the recipient of a Prix de reconnaissance
from the Université du Québec à Montréal
(UQAM) in 2002.
Ginette Laurin’s longstanding attention to
her work’s visual dimension today translates to a growing
use of photography, video and film. To commemorate O Vertigo’s
20th anniversary in fall 2004, the choreographer presented a series
of six installations around the themes of traces and the double,
incorporating dance, live action, photography and video. She also
joined forces in 2005 with filmmaker Oana Suteu to shoot her first
feature film, Point de fuite, a TV adaptation of her show Passare.
Her latest installation, Installation chorégraphique
#7, draws spectators into the dancers’ private worlds
using a projector that juxtaposes real and virtual images. The installation
was presented at O Vertigo’s Centre de Création during
the all-night Nuit Blanche at the 2006 Montreal High Lights Festival.
Ginette Laurin holds a bachelor of arts in dance
from UQAM and regularly teaches dance there as well as at festivals
and seminars in Europe.
Founded in 1984, O Vertigo was a resounding success from its earliest
productions, Crash Landing (1984), Up the Wall (1985)
and Timber (1986). Through shock sequences in which the
body is in continual disequilibrium, Ginette Laurin explores the
fear and frenzy brought on by the attraction to the void. The company
quickly established an international reputation, presenting Full
House (1987), Don Quichotte (1988), Chagall (1989), Train d’enfer (1990), La Chambre blanche (1992), Déluge (1994) and La Bête (1997) in Canada, the United States, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Israel
and Japan. Inspired by the piece Déluge, filmmaker
Bernar Hébert directed the film Night of the Flood featuring the dancers of O Vertigo.
On its 15th anniversary in 1999, the company presented La Vie qui bat, a work set to Steve Reich’s famous
piece Drumming, played live by the musicians of the Société
de musique contemporaine du Québec. The show was restaged
outdoors in Central Park in New York during the Summer Stage Festival.
Ginette Laurin’s recent works include Luna (2001)
and Passare (2004), two works that reveal the body in its
O Vertigo has been invited to perform at prestigious
festivals including New York’s Next Wave Festival, the Festival
Internacional Cervantino in Mexico, the Dance Umbrella in London,
the Biennale internationale de la danse in Lyon, the Festival de
Châteauvallon, the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Ottawa’s
Canada Dance Festival and Montreal’s Festival international
de nouvelle danse.
In January 2005, the company broke new ground by opening the Centre
de Création O Vertigo at Place des Arts, a brand-new centre
with an interdisciplinary approach. The space is intended to be
flexible and geared toward research, training and dance creation.
A kind of research lab based on mutual exchange, the centre is open
to choreographers and other artists from here and around the world.
Workshops and master classes are available, and there is an artist-in-residence
Photos Ginette Laurin
Dancers photo 1 Brianna Lombardo, Robert Meilleur and Jamie Wright . photo 2 Mélanie Demers . photo 3 Marie-Ève Nadeau and Audrey Thibodeau