BESIDE uses real-time radio as a score imposed on the performers, bringing inside the theater fragments of life outside of it, fragments of this beside. This new hour-long work takes the heterogeneous web of news reports, pop music, interviews and car advertising as its choreographic framework, exploring the ways our bodies are modeled and contaminated by the social environment.
Marie Béland deepens her exploration of body habits and stagings of our behaviour’s physicality through speech. Through a continuing series of loops, the performers speak only words they hear live on the radio. What is remembered from the overload of information that surrounds us? BESIDE circles through a variety of states and tasks that are never completely in synch with the radio, revealing the body caught on the border of the known and unknown, the familiar and strange.
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.
For over 15 years, Marie Béland has been creating works where bodies exceed dance: everyday bodies, real bodies are at the center of a complex and subtle choreographic structure. Marie has been focusing recently on the choreography our bodies create while talking.
Choreography & concept: Marie Béland / Performers + collaborators: Rachel Harris, Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin / Dramaturge: Kathy Casey / Light designer & technical director: Karine Gauthier
Partnership & coproduction: maribé – sors de ce corps & Montréal Danse
- Cardiff Dance Festival, Cardiff
- Dance4 International Center for Choreography, Nottingham
- Circuit-Est Centre chorégraphique, Montréal
- La Rotonde, Québec
- Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, Terrebonne
- Théâtre Hector-Charland, L’Assomption
A choreography by Marie Béland
A project of maribé – sors de ce corps & Montréal Danse