Lifeguard, an intimate stroll of a piece, is the first of a triptych to examine our notions of presence and the resonance of movement. The choreographic action will unfold differently, depending on the space and on perception. It will work best in places that allow performer and spectator to get very close.
A piece that will work to build a very intimate atmosphere, Lifeguard allows for a minute examination of movement, and questions our projections of relationships. With a syncopated choreographic vocabulary and undulating movements, Benoît Lachambre offers a new register for the body’s expression, bringing us along on a search for sensory co-habitation. A subtle connection develops, between the audience and the performer, a mixture of playful trance and vulnerability, and on the stage the body will flow with tangible dexterity.
While examining the role of the artist, the passivity of the spectator and the subtlety of our affect, Lifeguard is an uninhibited discussion about so many aspects of existence.
This is an artist who goes to his very limit to create a work that, in an ultra-contemporary concept of artistic creation, has a spiritual dimension at its core.”
Choreographer-performer : Benoît Lachambre
Outside eye : Anouk Thériault, Georges Stamos and Valérie Lanciaux
Technical Direction : Samuel Thériault
Costume : Benoît Lachambre and Valérie Lanciaux
Photograph : Veronique Mystique (in repetition) Karolina Miernik (Festival ImPulsTanz)
Distribution : Art Circulation, in partnership with Valérie Lanciaux,Produktion BABEL for European territory
Partners : CDC Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Centre National de la Danse de Pantin, and la Ménagerie de Verre.
With the support of studio Le Regard du Cygne.
Receive the financial support of Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec, and du Conseil des Arts de Montréal
Thanks to Alexandra Bertaut for her help with the costume.
Worldwide premiere of Lifeguard, June 17th and 18th at l’Atelier de Paris through June Events Festival.
Progressive entrance of the audience. Duration of the performance: 2h00
Technical rider upon request
After the warm reception of Lifeguard at the June Events Festival in Paris and the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna, the latest solo creation of Benoît Lachambre has continued its 2016-2017 season in Brazil. A performative action that changes according to the venue and audience, Lifeguard was performed on November 15 and 16 in Belo Horizonte at the FID – Fórum Internacional de Dança and in June 2017 at Festival TransAmériques and at the Biennale Danza di Venezia, and at the Kaaitheater of Brussels in February 2018. The piece is performed on June 9 and 10, 2018 at Festival Fabbrica Europa (Florence) and on June 13, 2018 at the Cross Festival of Verbania.
Choreographer: Benoît Lachambre
A production of Par B.L.eux
Performance / sensorial / intimist / contemporary
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu // Canada
La Rotonde (Québec) // Canada
November 6, 7, 8
Moving in November // Helsinki
Cross Festival // Verbania
Fabbrica Europa // Florence
Kaaitheater // Brussels
Biennale Danza // Venise
FTA // Montréal
May 29, 30, 31 & June 1st
Fórum Internacional de Dança Belo Horizonte // Brasil
November 15 & 16
ImPulsTanz Festival // Vienna
August 4, 6, and 7
June Events Festival // Paris
June 17 & 18