“Desnoyers has demonstrated a solid understanding of pure movement since the beginning of her career. [...] With Là où je vis [ 2008 ] her style has matured into something confident and beautiful to behold.” (The Gazette)
For this work Danse Danse gave carte blanche to Danièle Desnoyers, the founding director of Le Carré des Lombes. The Montreal choreographer seized the opportunity to recast her dance, to move away from the multidisciplinary approach of her last few works and restore the body to its rightful place at the heart of creation. By focusing on pure movement in space, Danièle Desnoyers is reappropriating dance as the principal medium to convey her perceptions of the world. Her new piece for six dancers is among the most anticipated events of the season.
“Never tedious or conventional, the landscape of her dance is shot through with vibrations, convulsions, distortions. Vibrant motifs and resonances emerge in a space brimming with life, with call and response, resurgences, tumbles and crawls.” (On Là où je vis, Cahiers de théâtre Jeu)
and le Carré des Lombes
A graduate of the Dance Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Danièle Desnoyers studied classical and modern dance, as well as music, from an early age. During her studies at UQÀM she made a pivotal encounter with Canadian choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault, with whom she would collaborate as a dancer on several occasions. In 1989 she formed her own company, Le Carré des Lombes, for which she has created some dozen works presented on the major stages of Canada, United States, Europe and Asia.
Subtle embodiments of intimate worlds, her early works were instant crowd favourites. Du souffle de sa tourmente, j’ai vu (1994), a watershed work with a pervading sense of freedom, took the company on its first of a series of world tours. With Discordantia (1997), the choreographer began her first dialogue with the music of Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, a leading figure in contemporary music. She then began a fruitful collaboration with sound designer Nancy Tobin: a trilogy comprising Concerto grosso pour corps et surface métallique (1999), which won the Prix d’auteur at the Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis in France at the 7th Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales, Bataille (2002) and Duos pour corps et instruments (2003), created in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Play It Again! (2005) stemmed from yet another encounter with an instrument, the piano, and Quebec composer Jean-François Laporte.
“Play It Again! […] a return, then, to this sensual, sinuous, all-legs vocabulary. A return as well to the choreographer’s well-measured doses of mischievous humour. […] Fabulous moments of sheer pleasure.” (La Presse)
Danièle Desnoyers’ next creation was Là où je vis (2008), which interwove dance, experimental music and the visual art of Manon de Pauw, whose contributions (drawings, cut-outs, etc.) were projected on the backdrop of the stage. Suffused with spontaneity, intuition and virtuosity, Là où je vis made its world premiere at the opening of the 2008 Festival TransAmériques in Montreal. That same year, the piece was featured at the December Dance Festival in Bruges (Belgium). The repertoire of Le Carré des Lombes has become a rich source of material for Canada’s professional training institutions.
Beyond her activities with her company, Desnoyers has participated in a number of atypical projects, including L’Espace dynamique (2001) with architect Pierre Thibeault, and the more recent Hozhro (2009), a multidisciplinary work set to music by Quebec composer Michel Gonneville.
Danièle Desnoyers also teaches on a regular basis: she was a guest lecturer at the Dance Department of UQÀM from 2000 to 2003, and in 2009 she choreographed an original piece for the graduating students of LADMMI, the national school of contemporary dance in Montreal.
From its inception, Le Carré des Lombes has received the support of such major partners as L’Agora de la danse, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Arts Centre, the Centre d’Arts Vooruit, the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Cultuurcentrum Brugge, the Festival TransAmériques and Le Grand Théâtre – Ville de Lorient. The troupe’s productions have been featured at numerous festivals, including the Festival international de nouvelle danse de Montréal (FIND), the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Munich, the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales in Seine-Saint-Denis, Tanz-Im-August in Berlin, the Body Stroke Festival in Brugge, and the Dance Triennale Tokyo. The company is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, where its rehearsal studios and offices are located.
Among other sources, the creation of this new choreography was made possible through the Program of Support for Creation-based Collaborations: Local, National and International of the Canada Council for the Arts. This new work by Le Carré des Lombes is coproduced by Danse Danse.
Dévorer le ciel (2010)
Choreography: Danièle Desnoyers
Danced and created by: Emmanuelle Bourrassa Beaudoin, Karina Champoux, Alan Lake, Bernard Martin, Pierre-Marc Ouellette, Catherine Viau
Apprentice: Victoria Diamond
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Rehersal master: Sophie Corriveau
Scenic environment: Marc Parent, Danièle Desnoyers
Lighting design: Marc Parent
Sound design: Michel-Antoine Castonguay
Original music: Fire Ring Clara Furey
Music: Dark full ride: part 1, Julia Wolfe - Earring, Julia Wolfe - Ashtray, Beast - Pleiade no 7, Urmas Sisask - Nuages gris, Frank Liszt - Die Spirale Symphonie op. 68, Urmas Sisask
Costumes Le Carré des Lombes: Couturière Chantal Bachand
Make-up: Suzanne Trépanie
Production manage: Martin Boisjoly
Technical director and lighting manager: Jean-François Landry
Sound Manager: Michel-Antoine Castonguay
Realization of the scenic elements: Atelier Sylvain Racine
Hula Hoop coach: Rebecca Halls
Photos: Luc Senécal, dancer photo 1 : Emmanuelle Bourassa Beaudoin, dancers photo 2: Pierre-Marc Ouellette, Emmanuelle Bourassa Beaudoin and Catherine Viau, dancers photo 3: Catherine Viau and Emmanuelle Bourassa Beaudoin
Dévorer le ciel is a production of Le Carré des Lombes company in coproduction with Danse Danse.
Le Carré des Lombes receives the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts du Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and of Emploi Québec.
Duration: 60 minutes