For her new solo piece, Habiter sa mémoire, choreographer and dancer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage comes out of the studio and allows the public to discover her creative process in real time. For four uninterrupted hours, positioned inside a 12×12 foot box without walls, she plunges into the heart of her trajectory as a performer, striving to bring all of her body’s dance memories back to the surface. Sensors capture data on Caroline’s physical state and the surroundings atmosphere, and these are retransmitted live during the performance. Throughout the day, spectactors are invited to gather around the box as privileged witnesses of a work in continual development under the effects of time and the environment.
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 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 collective, LORGANISME. She was also a member of the artistic committee responsible for the development of Montreal’s O Vertigo Creation Centre (OVCC).
CONCEPTION, CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE Caroline Laurin-Beaucage
CONCEPTION OF THE BOX AND COSTUMES Odile Gamache
TECHNOLOGICAL AND VIDEO CONCEPTION Thomas Payette and HUB Studio
SOUND CONCEPTION AND RECORDING Larsen Lupin
ARTISTIC ADVISOR AND ON-SITE ASSISTANT Ginelle Chagnon
CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOX AND TECHNOLOGIES Robocut Studio
[Photo Credit: Ginelle Chagnon]
LIFE OF THE PERFORMANCE
Premiere on August 6 and 13, 2016 at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur
Performances on October 1-2, 2016 on a public square, downtown Joliette
Performance as part of off-CINARS Montreal, November 15, 2016, Place-des-Arts, Montreal
Series of performances in Potsdam, Germany, as part of Festival Prolog, May 2017
Performances in art galleries :
2016-17: Residency at L’Arsenal, Montreal | 2017-18: Centre d’art Diane-Dufresne, Repentigny
Upcoming performances in China
Ongoing discussions for performances in Quebec
Choreographer : Caroline Laurin-Beaucage
A project of Caroline Laurin-Beaucage / Lorganisme