GROUND explores the drives of the individual and of the collective, resonances and resistances that amplify between five bodies united by gravity. In a cinematographic aesthetic that distorts time and space, GROUND reveals through the fabric of bodies the nature of our human condition. The work grasps what keeps us together, instinctively and physiologically.
In GROUND, five performers observe each other, move and oscillate together, isolated or bound together by constraints of rebound and coordination. The group is an organic ensemble, inhabited by tensions and pulsations, a shifting landscape where looks, gestures and aspirations influence each other constantly. Obsessive and captivating, the performance unveils the drives, dynamics and unconscious interdependencies common to social bodies.
Following the creation of Matière blanche / White Matter, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage pursues her study of bodies as material, bodies bound by constraints, observed in their variations.
(Work-in-progress after the first 4 weeks of creation)
PREMIERE October 2018 at L’Agora de la danse, Montreal | Available for booking in 2018-2019, and as a diptych with REBO(U)ND, a multimedia piece to be projected by mapping on facades and urban surfaces
BIO | Caroline Laurin-Beaucage
Fascinated by the human body, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage has placed it at the heart of her choreographic research. Strongly characterized by physicality, her works free the body from social codes, constraining it in different ways to tap into and express the visceral energy, animality, and vulnerability of human beings. Choreographically and visually, she creates symbolically charged worlds in which the body struggles, falls, and loses its bearings, bringing out both the fragility and the strength underlying the human condition. Caroline has been active on the Montreal scene as a dancer and choreographer for over fifteen years. While working with choreographers Ginette Laurin (O Vertigo), Paul-André Fortier, and Deborah Dunn, among others, Caroline began her personal choreographic exploration in 2001. After performing several of her solo works, she entered into a collaboration with sound artist Martin Messier to create Hit and Fall (2011), presented at Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques and the Via and Artdanthé festivals in France, and Soak (2012), presented in Montreal, in France, and in Hungary. In 2014, Caroline created Entailles, the first piece of a trilogy, presented in Montreal by Tangente; the same year, Charcuterie, co-produced by LORGANISME and Montréal Danse, was in the OFFTA program (Montreal); and the final work of the trilogy, Matière blanche, was presented in October 2015 at l’Agora de la danse (Montreal). Caroline Laurin-Beaucage is an artist-member and a co-founder of the Montreal contemporary dance structure, LORGANISME.
GROUND + REBO(U)ND are one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
CHOREOGRAPHER Caroline Laurin-Beaucage
PERFORMERS Rachel Harris, Kimberley De Jong, Brianna Lombardo, Louis-Elyan Martin, David Rancourt + Elinor Fueter
DRAMATURGE Kathy Casey
MUSIC Larsen Lupin
LIGHTING David-Alexandre Chabot
STAGE DESIGN + COSTUMES Odile Gamache
TECHNICAL DIRECTION Olivier Chopinet
PRODUCTION Montréal Danse & LORGANISME
COPRODUCTION Agora de la danse
CREATION RESIDENCIES Agora de la danse and Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
PROMOTION/BOOKING Art Circulation
Discover more about Caroline Laurin-Beaucage universe by reading Pulsation, breathing, suspension