Springing from an extraordinary union between classical music, performed live by the Molinari Quartet, and contemporary dance, Les corps avalés is a moving human odyssey that reveals Virginie Brunelle’s sensitive intelligence and great musicality in all its luminous power.
Against a backdrop of resilience and hope, Les corps avalés explores power relations, inequalities and social upheaval. Mastering the delicate balance between expressiveness and the vigorous physicality of her choreographic language, Brunelle directs seven dancers in a portrayal of a vulnerable humanity. On stage, the Molinari Quartet delivers a radiant performance of selected pieces from the contemporary repertoire. The notes permeate the smallest parts of the performers bodies to animate, amplify and inspire the movement. Elegant and intoxicating, Brunelle’s dance is ultimately healing.
Les corps avalés is a work produced with the support of the Conseil des Arts du Canada, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
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About Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
Since its inception in 2009, choreographic company Compagnie Virginie Brunelle has been under the artistic direction and management of choreographer Virginie Brunelle. Its repertoire includes contemporary dance works, which have been presented in Quebec and on international stages.
Brunelle draws her creative inspiration from music to generate distinctive stage imagery. These images are then transposed onto the work like musical scores. Brunelle first composes the primary physical elements before focusing on the dynamic gestural language. Her attention shifts to highly detailed work, combining rhythms, suspensions, ferocity, delicacy, gazes, breathing and brutality to bring out the evocative power of gestures. Behind this formal research process lies a poetry of vulnerability that gives rise to poignant and visually stunning stage experiences.
About Virginie Brunelle
Virginie Brunelle draws her creative inspiration from music to generate distinctive stage imagery. These images are then transposed onto the work like musical scores. Brunelle first composes the primary physical elements before focusing on dynamic gestural language. Her attention shifts to highly detailed work, combining rhythms, suspensions, ferocity, delicacy, gazes, breathing and brutality to bring out the evocative power of gestures. Behind this formal research process lies a poetry of vulnerability that gives rise to poignant and visually stunning stage experiences.
After graduating, Brunelle created Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, a choreography for seven dancers that earned the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU at the Vue sur la Relève festival. Emboldened by this initial success, she founded her eponymous company (Compagnie Virginie Brunelle) in 2009 and, in the same year, created a second work, Foutrement, which won the 2017 Prix du public presented by the CAM en tournée (CAM touring program). In 2011, Brunelle opened La Chapelle’s fall season with the presentation of her third work, Complexe des genres, which received second prize at Denmark’s prestigious Aarhus International Choreography Competition. Three years later, she presented PLOMB, and in 2016 she created À la douleur que j’ai. These four works have since toured across Europe and Canada, allowing the choreographer to gain recognition on the world stage, culminating in an invitation in 2018 to create a show for the Gauthier Dance Theaterhaus Stuttgart company. The result was Beating, a work that was first presented in Germany, with a Canadian tour scheduled in 2018-2019. In 2020 she created Les corps avalés, a piece for seven dancers, accompanied on stage by the Quatuor Molinari and presented by Danse Danse at Théâtre Maisonneuve. This work was a resounding success with critics and audiences alike. Her latest ambitious work, Fables, comprised of twelve dancers, was presented in May 2022 at the Lugano Danza Festival in Switzerland. She recently signed the production of a first dance short film entitled Réminiscences.
Cast / Crew
Choreographer Virginie Brunelle Dancers Sophie Breton, Sabrina Dupuis, José Flores, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Marine Rixhon, Peter Trosztmer Musicians Quatuor Molinari Violin Olga Ranzenhofer, Antoine Bareil Viola Frédéric Lambert Violoncello Pierre-Alain Bouvrette Lighting Designer Alexandre Pilon-Guay Costume Designer Elen Ewing Set Designer Marilène Bastien Sound Design Ben Shemie Dramaturgy Advisor Gabriel Charlebois-Plante Rehearsal Director Isabelle Poirier Technical Director François Marceau Sound Engineer Jean-François Gagnon Co-producer Danse Danse
Dates & Times
There will be no intermission for either performance.
There will be a Q&A after the February 25 performance hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton.
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