“…not a muscle, not a nerve that remains still, that is not filled to the brim with presence, with concentration.” – Westdeutsche Zeitung, Düsseldorf
Driven by a vital impulse, incomparable Canadian choreographer Louise Lecavalier takes audiences into the primal experience of dance in the Toronto premiere of Stations. The fiery solo performance, set into four distinct stations (which could be interpreted as the seasons of life), brings Lecavalier into astounding focus on stage with one of her most personal works, blending playful and moody choreography with sheer kinetic energy and impressible force. The Order of Canada dancer, who, over the years, has worked with David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Tedd Robinson and Crystal Pite, is an icon of physical movement, with each section of Stations escalating in musical intensity, featuring contributions by guitarist Antoine Berthiaume, saxophonist Colin Stetson, electronic group Suuns and singers Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld. Using her body as her voice, Lecavalier again proves why she is one of the country’s greatest masters of contemporary dance. Harbourfront Centre hosts its exclusive Toronto premiere as part of its 2023/24 season of Torque.
About Fou Glorieux
Louise Lecavalier founded her contemporary dance company in 2006 to have the freedom to explore and to work with artists whose vision is close to her own. Desiring to bring together dancers and collaborators of all ages and horizons, Lecavalier’s company Fou Glorieux seeks to encourage and deepen the search for movement and pure expression in dance creations.
Fou Glorieux’s repertoire includes the solos Lone Epic (Crystal Pite), “I” Is Memory (Benoît Lachambre) and the duet Lula and the Sailor (Tedd Robinson). The company has performed in 50+ cities in North America, Europe and Asia and at over 20 festivals. The double program of duets, Children and A Few Minutes of Lock, was performed 92 times in 16 countries from its December 2009 premiere at Tanzhaus in Düsseldorf, Germany, until its last performance in Ferrara, Italy, in November 2013. On July 5, 2012, the first part of So Blue, directed and choreographed by Louise Lecavalier, was presented in avant-premiere at Salzburg’s Sommerszene Festival. The full-length work premiered on December 7, 2012, at Tanzhaus in Düsseldorf, and its North American premiere occurred on June 7, 2013, at Festival TransAmériques in Montreal.
Since then, So Blue has toured in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, Battleground premiered at Tanzhaus in Düsseldorf and had its North American premiere at Festival TransAmériques at the Monument National in Montreal, along with being presented at Harbourfront Centre’s 2018-19 season of Torque and at CENTQUATRE in Paris and the Biennale de Lyon.
About Louise Lecavalier
Dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier worked with Édouard Lock and La La La Human Steps from 1981 to 1999, a period of exceptional intensity punctuated by works that have since become mythical, along with scintillating collaborations with David Bowie, Frank Zappa and many more. Her extreme dance, filled with fiery energy, caught the imagination of a whole generation. Since founding her own company, Fou Glorieux, in 2006, her movement research has been symbolic of her entire career, emphasizing the surpassing of limits and risk-taking, a search for the absolute in which she seeks to bring out the “more-than-human in the human.” In 2012, she created So Blue, her first full-length choreography, followed by Battleground in 2016. Both works have toured extensively, nationally and internationally. Her solo work, Stations, world premiered in 2020 in tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany, and will tour for the next two years.
Choreographed, Performed by Louise Lecavalier Choreography Assistant, Rehearsal Director France Bruyère Lighting Design Alain Lortie Scenography Advisor Marc-André Coulombe Costumes Yso, Marilène Bastien Technical Director, Production Manager François Marceau Music Colin Stetson – Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart, Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld Original Music, Arranger Antoine Berthiaume
Co-production Fou Glorieux ; tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf; HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts Dresden; Festival TransAmériques Montreal; Usine C, Montreal; Harbourfront Centre, Performing Arts, Toronto; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Vancouver; Diffusion Hector-Charland, L’Assomption and Repentigny.
Dates & Times
There will be no intermission for any performance.
There will be an opening reception following the performance on Thursday, November 23.
There will be a Q&A following the performance on Friday, November 24.
Production includes haze.
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