In GROUND (fka Si mon corps), a group of five performers observe each other, move and oscillate together. Submitted to the same constraints of gravity, rebound and coordination, they develop a language of gestures that are copied, compiled, amplified. The group forms an organism, united but agitated with tensions; an organism in which looks and movements influence each other constantly. They are in and out of sync, evoking animals that are possessed, curious, hostile yet inseparable. Each precisely observes the other without changing focus. Nothing is reciprocal but everything is interlinked. Inhabited by the same tremors and aspirations, everything is collective.
Following the creation of Matière blanche / White Matter, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage pursues her study of bodies as material, bodies without individualities, bound by constraints, observed in their variations. The work will explore our power and its limits, between resistance and submission to what weighs on, regulates or dispossesses the body (circadian rhythms, social influence…): what can we change in the course of things?
With the group as a fundamental entity, GROUND explores the drives, dynamics and unconscious interdependencies common to social bodies to grasp what keeps us together instinctively and physiologically.
(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, Kimberly De Jong, Brianna Lombardo, Louis-Elyan Martin, David Rancourt / DRAMATURGE | Kathy Casey / SOUND DESIGNER | Larsen Lupin (Jean Gaudreau) / LIGHTING | David-Alexandre Chabot / SET DESIGN + COSTUMES | Odile Gamache
PRODUCTION | Montréal Danse & LORGANISME
COPRODUCTION | Agora de la danse (Montreal)