Par B.L.eux

Par B.L.eux, the company for contemporary creation, re-defines dance by emphasizing the importance of dialogue between choreographers and collaborators. Benoît Lachambre puts into practice an approach that shares Somatic practices, that he draws upon for his creations, performances and workshops.

With thirty years of solid experience behind him as a choreographer, performer, improviser and teacher, active in North America as well as in Europe, Benoît Lachambre created his company in 1996 out of the need for a platform that would allow him to produce his research projects and develop an original creative structure. So, Par B.L.eux (‘B.L.’ for his own initials and ‘eux’ for ‘them,’ his collaborators) was born and its mission is as follows: to create and produce works in a spirit of openness and collaboration, while encouraging interdisciplinary relationships in dance.

The company helps to promote international exchanges and multiplies opportunities for encounters between artists from diverse artistic and geographic backgrounds. Par B.L.eux believes that the evolution of dance feeds off of an abundance of ideas, and dynamic, conti­nuous exchange of artistic practice and concepts.

BENOÎT LACHAMBRE

Active in the dance community since the 1970s, Benoît Lachambre first learned about Releasing in 1985. This kinesthetic approach to movement and its use of improvisation became an important influence on his choreographic work. He decided to immerse himself in an exploratory approach to movement and its sources, to seek out the authenticity of movement. His work, both as a choreographer and a performer, has at its centre the hyper-awareness of the senses, and the connection between the somatic and the artistic is central to his practice.

He founded his own company in Montréal in 1996, christening it Par B.L.eux, ‘B.L.’ for his own initials and ‘eux’ for the artists he chooses to collaborate with, and who have become central to his artistic process.

Benoît Lachambre is one of the foremost artist-choreographer-performers of his generation. He has created 17 works for his own company since Par B.L.eux was founded, and participated in more than 20 productions by other companies, in addition to some 25 commissioned works.

His latest solo work, Lifeguard, seeks to further deconstruct the notion of the choreographic impulse, and had its world première in Paris at the Festival June Events in June 2016. He affirmed and deepened this desire in Fluid Grounds, a group work, premiered at the TransAmériques Festival in June 2018.

Fluid Grounds is situated somewhere between the plastic installation and the dance. In a place where the desire crosses the sacred. In a crossroads of all the possible.

Anaïs Heluin – www.sceneweb.fr

Benoît Lachambre, become the receptacle of the enormous flow of energy accumulated on him, becomes a fascinating target (focal point), by any sound to be convulsed on shaman rhythms. The empathy is for its height.

Muriel Steimetz, L’Humanité, 2017

 TOURING / AVAILABLE FOR TOURING

Lifeguard an intimate piece that unfolds like a stroll, is the first work of a triptych that examines our notions about presence and the resonance of movement. This work aims to create an intimate space where the spectator plays an important role. Lifeguard works best in performance spaces that allow for close contact between audience and artist.

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, May 29

Upcoming dates: November 6, 7, 8  Zodiac Festival / Helsinki

Fluid Grounds is an ambulatory choreographic quartet performance mapped out and set in motion by Benoît Lachambre. The second part of a triptych that began with Lifeguard (a solo created by Benoît Lachambre in 2016), Fluid Grounds is a production of Par B.L.eux and Sophie Corriveau in coproduction with Agora de la danse, Festival TransAmériques and Charleroi Danse.

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, June 1, 2018

IN CREATION

Reel to Real | In Creation | A new piece with choreographer Benoît Lachambre, following Prisms, with performers Elinor Fueter and Rachel Harris. Production: Montréal Danse, in coproduction with Par B.L.eux. To premiere in 2018 (excerpts of the work-in-progress available upon request).

WORKSHOPS

Upcoming workshop

2018

August 29 – September 8

The Umbrellas of Phnom Penh  // Phnom Penh

October 6-9

Ruban Production ITP // Kiev

November 10-11

Zodiac Festival // Helsinki

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CONTACT

PAR B.L.EUX

5425 av Casgrain, suite 200, Montréal (QC) H2T 1X6

514 596-2127

Artistic Director – Benoît Lachambre

Co Executive Director – Claire Molinot
| Ext. #1051 | administration@parbleux.qc.ca

Administrative & Logistics Associate
- Josianne Monette | Ext. #1052 | tournee@parbleux.qc.ca

Communications Officer
- Charlotte Beaussier | Ext. #1053 | communications@parbleux.qc.ca

Technical Director - Samuel Thériault

PAR B.L.EUX is supported by Canada Arts Council, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal.