© Mathieu Doyon
© Mathieu Doyon
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© Mathieu Doyon
© Mathieu Doyon
© Mathieu Doyon

L'affadissement du merveilleux

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Several steps back in retrospect, a gaze free of affect, focused on exploring the life-giving impulse that drives humanity and depicting its obsessive cycles. A succession of endless recurrences, births, deaths, and rebirths, L’affadissement du merveilleux is a dizzying attempt to portray that which transcends us, supported by five dancers.

The presentation of Tout ce qui va revient in the La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines series in March 2018 marked the end of a cycle. Catherine Gaudet is shifting away somewhat from her previous work, dispensing with theatricality based on human relational aspects. But at the heart of her creative approach is an effort to dig beneath the social mask, and as always a strong dose of ambiguity shades the aesthetics of hesitation.

In this new opus she focuses on cycles as a universal structure. To give them tangible shape, she uses the circular form– spatial, internal, instinctual… – as a backdrop. More geometric and refined, these postures nonetheless convey a profoundly human experience very much attuned to the other.

« L’intense traversée d’états de corps de cette pièce portée avec force et un don total par les cinq interprètes nous amène au seuil de la catharsis. »

Le Devoir (Montreal)

Teaser © Xavier Curnillon

Choreographer Catherine Gaudet

Performers Dany Desjardins, Francis Ducharme, Caroline Gravel, Leïla Mailly, James Phillips

Music Antoine Berthiaume

Assistant dramaturge and rehearsal director Sophie Michaud

Lighting Alexandre Pilon-Guay

Costumes Max-Otto Fauteaux

Production Lorganisme

Executive Producer DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse

Co-production Agora de la danse (Montréal), Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours (CCNT)
Creative residencies Agora de la danse (Montreal), Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours (CCNT), Centre de création O Vertigo (Montréal), Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montréal), École de danse Louise Lapierre (Montréal), Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montréal)

With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal

Development DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse
Catherine Gaudet is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.

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