Following BETWEEN and BEHIND, the question continues to be: what can the invisible make visible? Marie Béland pushes further her exploration of our body habits, continues her stagings of our behaviour’s physicality through speech.
BESIDE uses real-time radio as a partition imposed on the performers, thus bringing inside the theater fragments of life outside of it, fragments of this beside. What kind of discourses can be found among news reports, pop music, interviews and car advertising? How can this heterogeneous web become the framework of a choreography? How can the bodies and the stage make this invisible visible?
In BESIDE, Marie Béland explores the ways our bodies are modeled, contaminated by the social environment, the ways they in return contaminate it.
The performers must not only say everything they hear on the radio, as exactly as possible. They must also let their bodies get transformed along the newsfeeds they echo, thus becoming embodied vectors of the strong moments that compose our everyday life. As the performer navigates a variety of states and tasks that are not in synch with the radio, we are interested in the concordance and discordance between words and gestures, between the will and the imposed. The overload of physical and auditory information provokes the performer’s hyper-absence that morphs into a hyper-presence. The performers appear beside their own bodies, almost possessed by a script that’s not theirs. The piece will develop through these different states of the body caught on the border of known and unknown, familiar and strange, concord and discord.
In creation (Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montreal – March, 2017)
The trilogy is a collaboration, both artistical and financial, between companies maribé – sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse, and between their respective Artistic Directors, Marie Béland (choreographer) and Kathy Casey (dramaturge). Their encounter dates back to 2008, as part of a Choreographic Research Workshop given by Montréal Danse. It was the start of an artistic affinity that developed over the years, contributing to the creation of BEHIND : une danse dont vous êtes le héros in 2010, BETWEEN in 2015, and finally BESIDE.
Choreographer: Marie Béland / Performers: Rachel Harris, Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin / Dramaturge: Kathy Casey / Artistic Advisor : Guillaume Corbeil / Light designer & technical director: Karine Gauthier (to be confirmed)
Partnership & coproduction: maribé – sors de ce corps & Montréal Danse
IN CREATION 2016-2018
- Cardiff Dance Festival (Wales – Nov, 2017)
- Dance 4 International Center for Choreography, Nottingham (England – Nov. 2017)
A choreography by Marie Béland
A project of maribé – sors de ce corps & Montréal Danse