Normal Desires

I understand the body as I understand the theatre: as a space made closed and hermetic by conventions, and which can open up, multiply and flourish through the sensitive transgression of these conventions. Playing with the pre-existing frameworks which structure the body and the theatre, I find ways to disorganize them, to break free, and to go beyond.


Normal Desires attempts to present an acrobatic body that refuses normality, visibly and palpably traversed by flows of identities, genders, and desires. What is this ‘normal body’ which these flows act to disorganize? What exactly is it that encloses desire within a structure of skin, flesh, bones, and organs, blocking and dissipating its energy? And how can we set that desire free? In and through movement, I work to de-formalise the body; I push movement further, surpassing my body, my limits, the limits of circus and of form itself. I want to transcend the expectation of the spectacular in acrobatic movement in order to give space for sensation, ritual, and the almost ecstatic energy acrobatic movement has the potential to contain. I also work on the relation between pain and pleasure in acrobatics. How is it possible to give the spectator access to the painful and exquisite sensations the acrobat constantly negotiates? I want to make acrobatics a shared experience, as visceral and palpable for the viewer as it is for the acrobat.

We will also slowly awaken the spectator’s senses, bringing him into a state of hypersensitivity. Through sound spatialization, original lighting research, and even the diffusion of subtle aromas, we will lightly disturb his perception, making distances, colors and objects ambiguous, if not undecidable. We want to create a hypersensitive space, verging on the erotic, inviting the viewer to release his grip on the analytical and dive into the sensory.

60 minutes

Director and performer: Emile Pineault
Light and set designer: Julien Brun
Sound designer: Joël Lavoie
Dramaturg: Sebastian Kann
Outside eye: Peter James

An excerpt (30 minutes) of Normal Desires, Emile Pineault will be presented on May 30 and 31, 2018, as part of the OFFTA (Montreal) festival. More information : www.offta.com  Normal Desires (60 minutes) will be presented during the 37th season of Danse-Cité (www.danse-cite.org): from November 22 to December 1, 2018, for 8 performances, at La Chapelle Scenes Contemporaines.A Danse-Cité production in collaboration with Émile Pineault. With the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Production and Partners: Danse-Cité, Théâtre La Chapelle, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ), Fondation L’Abri, Jatka78, La Serre – Arts Vivants