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Fortier Danse-Création (Québec)
Choreographer: Paul-André Fortier

February 20, 21 & 22, 2003
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

Created in September 2001 at the Festival international de nouvelle danse in Montréal, Tensions presents two men, two ages, two energies and…a single solitude. An improbable encounter. “Tensions is a gorgeous, serious work that speaks with a rough urban accent (…). Paul-André Fortier has no magic remedy for solitude (…) but is himself renewed proof that while an artist may have no more answers than anyone else, he can restore to us the heart of our humanity.” Le Devoir

Interpreted by Robert Meilleur at his best and the always surprising Paul-André Fortier, Tensions is anchored by the video images of Patrick Masbourian, John Munro’s lighting, Denis Lavoie’s costumes and music by Alain Thibault.

“This double solo has the power to shake us, demonstrating yet again that Fortier doesn’t do things by half.” La Presse

Ever since his dance début in the mid-1970s, Paul-André Fortier has stood out for his audacity, his rejection of complacency and of compromise. To confront taboos, to examine society and human cruelty at close range frighten him not at all. Like a watchmaker, he takes apart their inner workings the better to understand them, combat them, to find peace, and to dance.

A former teacher of literature and theater, Paul-André Fortier discovered the dance in 1972, and threw himself into it with a passion that has burned unchecked ever since. After his beginnings with Nouvelle Aire, the company that produced several world-scale choreographers, in 1981 he founded Fortier Danse-Création, the troupe for which he has created the works that must rank among the most stimulating esthetic experiences of the last three decades. One need only think of solos like Les Males Heures (1989), La Tentation de la transparence (1991) and Bras de plomb (1993). The last two, still a part of the company’s repertoire, were produced in collaboration with visual artist Betty Goodwin.

Winner of the Jean A. Chalmers Award for choreography, one of the highest dance distinctions in Canada, Paul-André Fortier continues to make his mark on the Canadian and international contemporary dance scene. In addition to his career as an artist, Fortier also enjoys a reputation as a pedagogue. For ten years, he taught in the dance department of the Université du Québec à Montréal, and is a regular guest at prestigious European institutions, including the Centre national de danse contemporain d’Angers (CNDC) in France. In February 1997, he was named to the Board of Directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, where since 1998 he has served as vice-president.

April 2002

Photos: Robert Etcheverry