Matière Blanche (White Matter)

Matière blanche (White Matter) invites you inside a sensorium where a human scenography unfolds.

Under a galaxy of hanging hooks, surrounded by a circle of spectators, two performers or rather two creatures not totally human or totally female, evolve in a timeless space. They join, break away then weave themselves together again, each step exposed by red laser lights on the ground.

Their movements conjure up an ongoing mental process in which the audience is integrally involved. In the front row, each spectator is a privileged witness of this installation, subtly unveiled by Jean Jauvin’s lighting. Matière blanche / White Matter shifts and slides into its sensations, supported by the soundtrack of David Drury.

 - A sensorium (plural: sensoria) is the sum of an organism’s perception, the “seat of sensation” where it experiences and interprets the environments within which it lives. -

Were one able to look inside a brain in its full activity, follow the going and coming of the atoms and interpret all they were doing, he would doubtless know something of what was going on in the mind, but he would know very little. He would know so much of the state of the soul as can be expressed in bodily gestures and attitudes and movements, he would know all that it implies in the way of actions in the course of accomplishment or simply nascent; the rest would escape him.

Henri Bergson | The Soul And The Body


Creation: Caroline Laurin-Beaucage | Created & performed by Rachel Harris, Esther Rousseau-Morin | Dramaturgy: Kathy Casey | Lights: Jean Jauvin | Sound: David Drury | Costumes: Odile Gamache | Set design: Odile Gamache & Caroline Laurin-Beaucage

PHOTO CREDITS: Montréal Danse

Matière blanche (White Matter) is a coproduction of Montréal Danse & Lorganisme

  • Creation residencies in Bassano (Italy), at L’Agora de la danse (Montreal) & at Maison de la culture de Pointe-aux-Trembles (Montreal)
  • Premiere at L’Agora de la danse on October 6, 7, 8, 2015