The body opens, closes, short-circuits. The voice stutters, hiccups and fractures. Tremors and loss of balance become elements of a three-part work with seven dancers in flight. Together, they search for unity while fighting for their identities. Although fluidity has long been Danièle Desnoyers’s trademark, here she chooses a new approach, fragmenting movement, making the tremors visible. They echo the fractured human, its broken body and speech. Vibrating to the often harsh sounds and music of composer Ben Shemie, UNFOLD | 7 perspectives combines an apocalyptic atmosphere with moments of delicate softness and sensuality. The surprising scenographic structure allows Desnoyers to test the body’s resistance and the limits of balance. A magnetic, powerful, yet harmonic duel between the forces in play, the work captivates with its subtlety and furious energy.
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