Inspired by political philosopher Thomas Hobbes’ reasoning that human beings constantly hover between a desire for power and the power of fear, LA VIE ATTEND explores secrets and strategy in a group of five men. They are teammates, enemies, victors and mourners, instigators and witnesses.
With LA VIE ATTEND, creative duo Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth offer an illusory work, between dance and theatricality, that deftly manipulates the deep primal tendencies we often avoid. Informed by Hobbes’ premise that the constant vacillation between the emotions of fear and hope is at the root of all human actions – that either fear or hope is present at all times in all people – the fragility of Hobbes’ social contract theory is transposed to the contract into which the public and the interpreter enter together, hope and fear in hand. Life in all of its visceral and vulnerable contradictions, its pride and its shame, is laid out on the stage.
Choreographers : David Albert-Toth, Emily Gualtieri
Dancer-collaborators : Joe Danny Aurélien, Marc Boivin, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Milan Panet-Gigon, Nicolas Patry
Texts : Danseurs-collaborateurs
Music : David Drury
Lighting designer : Paul Chambers
Costumes : Angela Rassenti
Outside eyes: Ginelle Chagnon, Étienne Lepage and Jamie Wright
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
Conseil des Arts du Canada / Canada Council for the Arts
Circuit-est centre chorégraphique
CCOV (Centre de création O Vertigo)
Since being founded in 2011, Montreal-based Parts+Labour_Danse has held the mandate to investe in creating physically engaging experiences. The duo continuously seeks to dive deeper into the formulation, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance works. Parts+Labour_Danse has presented its work extensively throughout Canada. Its repertoire includes The Calculated Risk Project (2010), In Mixed Company (2013-Coup de pouce prize winner, VSLR Festival 2015) and La chute, a solo performed by Albert-Toth (noted as one of 2013’s top ten Canadian moments in dance by the Dance Current’s Philip Szporer and winner of the Audience Choice Award at Toronto’s Dance: Made in Canada Festival in 2015). They are currently involved in several new creations.
A Danse-Cité production in collaboration with David Albert-Toth & Emily Gualtieri | Parts+Labour_Danse.