Lifeguard

Lifeguard, an intimate stroll of a piece, is the first of a triptych to examine our notions of presence and the resonance of movement. The choreographic action will unfold differently, depending on the space and on perception. It will work best in places that allow performer and spectator to get very close.

A piece that will work to build a very intimate atmosphere, Lifeguard allows for a minute examination of movement, and questions our projections of relationships. With a syncopated choreographic vocabulary and undulating movements, Benoît Lachambre offers a new register for the body’s expression, bringing us along on a search for sensory co-habitation. A subtle connection develops, between the audience and the performer, a mixture of playful trance and vulnerability, and on the stage the body will flow with tangible dexterity.

While examining the role of the artist, the passivity of the spectator and the subtlety of our affect, Lifeguard is an uninhibited discussion about so many aspects of existence.

This is an artist who goes to his very limit to create a work that, in an ultra-contemporary concept of artistic creation, has a spiritual dimension at its core.”

Thomas Hahn, Dansermag

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CREDITS

Choreographer-performer: Benoît Lachambre

Artistic advisors: Anouk Thériault, Georges Stamos, Valérie Lanciaux

Technical director: Samuel Thériault

Costumes: Benoît Lachambre and Valérie Lanciaux

Photograph (in rehearsal): Veronique Mystique

Promotion: Art Circulation in partnership with Valérie Lanciaux // Produktion BABEL (European territory)

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SPECS

Progressive entrance of the audience. Duration of the performance: 2h00

Technical rider upon request

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PARTNERS

CDC Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Centre National de la Danse de Pantin, and the Ménagerie de Verre.

With the financial support  of Conseil des Arts du Canada,  Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec, and from Conseil des Arts de Montréal

Thanks to Alexandra Bertaut for her help with the costume.

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CURRENTLY TOURING

After the warm reception of Lifeguard at the June Events Festival in Paris and the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna, the latest solo creation of Benoît Lachambre will continue its 2016-2017 season in Brazil. A performative action that changes according to the venue and audience, Lifeguard will be performed on November 15 and 16 in Belo Horizonte at the FID – Fórum Internacional de Dança.