Fluid Grounds is an ambulatory choreographic quartet performance mapped out and set in motion by Benoît Lachambre. The second part of a triptych that began with Lifeguard (a solo created by Benoît Lachambre in 2016), Fluid Grounds is a production of Par B.L.eux and Sophie Corriveau in coproduction with Agora de la danse and Festival TransAmériques.
In this second opus, five performers meet in the fabrication of ambulatory spaces by questioning together the notions of presence, of connection, of space and the idea of routes used as memory weavers and choreographic catalysts.
Though the technique of floor and walls taping, they map out vectors of movement, sketching with viewers a theatrical cartography. Then, the adhesive drawings on the floor come to life, serving as the work’s nexus. They constitute a visible memory of the work’s relational history and they plastically represent the potential of the awakening inherent in the recognition of the unifying matrix.
The changing traces are influenced by the movements of the spectators and supported by a sound device that dynamizes several variations of textures of occupations and memories within the installation. All these elements generate each time a constantly changing piece in which the link settles around the choreographic event and the sensory depth. Performers become vectors of perception as they guide the spectators and address to them through their kinaesthetic and spatial senses.
Changing according to the spaces and the fluctuations of the beings, this work is designed for settings that offer a free circulation of the audience and the performers and offer variations of spaces inherent to links and encounters. The showgoer may opt for a more passive observation or may invest the work physically through various modalities of action and attention, in the observation and the perception. Direct or indirect look, look to camera with the use of mobile phones, tactile link, auditory perception, all these possible perceptives contribute to question the different points of confluence and the interrelationships between reality and fiction.
An exploration of gestural expression and feelings in a plastic and visual form, Fluid Grounds allows movement to be reformulated. It also allows Benoît Lachambre and Sophie Corriveau to continue their reflections on dance as a poetic act leading to self-discovery, to an understanding of human sensibilities and intelligence. A call is made to the traces and to the accumulation of memories and experiences carried by the manufactured object as a vector of gathering and multiplicities. From rolls to visual and sensory traces, to amalgamation into recalling bodies, the object questions the degrees of the existence of the work over time.
Showcasing movement and its emotion through sensory and imagination awakening, Fluid Grounds is a vibratory and sensory space where body and dance coexist and join all aspects of the work together: presence, action and what unites and survives us.
Produced by Par B.L.eux + Sophie Corriveau
Direction and visual and kinesthetic conception Benoît Lachambre
Conceived by Sophie Corriveau + Benoît Lachambre + Nancy Tobin
Performed by Marcio Canabarro + Sophie Corriveau + Benoît Lachambre + Anouk Thériault + Nancy Tobin
Sound Design Nancy Tobin
Lighting Design Jean Jauvin
Outside Eyes Martin Bélanger
Artistic Advisors Katya Montaignac + Angélique Willkie
Performers during creative process Simon Portigal + Seckin Cinar
Technical Director Samuel Thériault
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Agora de la danse (Montreal) + Charleroi Danse
Codiffusion Agora de la danse
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, June 1, 2018