Normal Desires

“ It is a moment of dance and an offering of an acrobatic body in the middle of the desert.” – La Gazette des festivals, June 2018

In Normal Desires, Emile Pineault invites us to open ourselves to acrobatic sensation. A lone figure on stage constantly overflows itself, its edges blurred in kinetic ecstasy. Impact, flux, repetition, constraint, squeezing, pushing, heat, vibration – Pineault’s work moves us through a series of states and affective spaces, mobilizing not only the body but also the powerful technologies of the theatre space to convey a subtle yet intense physical experience.

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Emile Pineault is an experienced circus artist, and in this first solo work he takes a critical look at the conventions of acrobatic practice. Here, the circus body in no longer in a position of mastery but rather criss-crossed with lines of irresistible force. A deep engagement with light, sound, and physical practice works towards the mediation of an acrobat’s ‘inner-motion’, proposing acrobatics as a shared experience – fleshy, rigorous, and intensely hypnotizing.

60 minutes

Direction and performance : Emile Pineault
Lighting and set design : Julien Brun
Sound design : Joël Lavoie
Dramaturgic advisor : Sebastian Kann
Outside eye : Peter James, Mimi Jeong
Production director : Lee Anholt

A Danse-Cité production in collaboration with Emile Pineault. With the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Circuit-Est.
Creative residencies: Circuite-Est, Espace Libre, Fondation L’Abri (Genève), Jakta78 (Prague), Monument-National, Destelheide (Dworp)

Full show in studio, will be presented on July 12, during the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival.  Normal Desires (60 minutes) will be presented during the 37th season of Danse-Cité ( 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.

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