Choreographer: Christopher House
September 19, 20 & 21, 2002
Lunch, with its parade of ensembles, solos and duets, is an intriguing
and fascinating work, and the daring partnering of the couple duets that
ends the piece produces some of the most beautiful and profound moments
to emerge in Canadian dance in decades Paula Citron, The Globe
The Odyssey is the quest for a story that
does not exist, a story that will become the Odyssey, writes
Umberto Eco. So begins Persephones Lunch, by Christopher
House, a production inspired by Homers celebrated epic cast in the
form of a tribute to the journey, to the marvelous and terrifying quest
that is life, and to the way this quest takes shape in our imaginations
and in our flesh.
After the success of its production Nest in the
winter 2001 season, Danse Danse is delighted to welcome once again the
Toronto Dance Theatre. This time around, its spiritual and brilliant
artistic director offers us a choreographic adventure on the far boundaries
of the theater, interpreted by the companys twelve remarkable dancers.
Preceded by Nest and Severe Clear, Persephones
Lunch marks the end-point of a trilogy within which Christopher House
has given free reign to experimentation, and to the integration of other
art forms. As Michael Crabb put it in the National Post, Structurally
they were freer in form and less overtly dance-centred. Above all, they
were intensely personal, as if House had chosen to communicate with his
audience in a very confidential way.
Persephones Lunch, House has been joined by Phil Strong,
who created the sound track, by Roelof Peter Snippe who designed the lighting,
by designer Anna Michener, and stage director James Robertson.
Choreographer, dancer, professor and artistic director,
Christopher House possesses an extraordinary kinetic sense, and a singular
vision which finds expression in a leading-edge choreographic vocabulary.
The author of more than sixty works, including Glass Houses, Handel
Variations, Early Departures, Four Towers and Slippergarden,
Christopher Houses work has received the Jean A. Chalmers award
for choreography, twice the Dora Mavor Moore award, the Toronto International
Festival Music/Dance Award and, most recently, the Choo-San Goh Award
for Choreography in 1999.
As choreographer in residence since 1981, Christopher
House is today artistic director of the Toronto Dance Theatre, considered
to be one of the treasures of Canadian dance. Founded in 1968 by Peter
Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, the company is dedicated to
the creation and popularisation of Canadian works, and enjoys an international
Photos header 1: Sarah Silver (Stephen
Petronio Company), photo header 2: Angela Taylor (Stephen Petronio Company),
photo header 3: Tina Van Aerschot (Sarah Chase Dance Stories), photo header
4: Rolline Laporte (Sinha Danse)
Photos: David Hou