What can we expect from the unexpected? What can we recognize in the chaotic, in a world governed by unpredictability? Drawing on the aesthetics of street and contemporary dance, PAPILLON juxtaposes three solos and a live experimental soundtrack in a complex trio that explores the delicate balance between order and disorder.

“In common language, the word “chaos” is understood to refer to a state of total confusion or disorder. But in mathematics and physics, chaos refers more accurately to the complicated relationship between order and disorder, considering the elements that contribute to a delicate balance of the two. Chaos Theory examines the complex patterns all around us, questioning how tiny changes or adjustments in the initial conditions of a complex system can lead to drastically different and seemingly unpredictable results. Understanding chaos allows us to expect the unexpected, recognize the order in randomness, and realize that what we perceive as disorder is in fact a series of interlaced levels of order, interdependent and folding in upon each other.

It is this nuanced comprehension of chaos that serves as the conceptual starting point for PAPILLON.

I’ve long been fascinated by chaos, and have seen it as a vector of poetry that’s central in my work. I strive to create interdisciplinary dance performances that trigger states of sensorial overload to steer us away from logical thinking into more affective, visceral ways of experiencing art. My hope is to give space to the messy, the raw, unsettled spaces of life. In this new creation, the dancers and musicians will perform together in a perpetually redefining state of reality, where strong images and emotions emerge suddenly, only to be shifted or shattered without notice. Exploring chaos has allowed me to embrace the paradoxes of the world around me and accept all that is beautiful yet disturbing, familiar yet strange.

With PAPILLON I’m working with three very different dancers — Nindy Banks, Victoria Mackenzie, and Mecdy Jean-Pierre. I had to quit b-girling four years ago because of chronic injuries, and rediscover the way I danced after training in one specific way for so many years. With this project, I’m interested in exploring how my movement signature can be worked into the expression of a unique, imagined collective body or identity that exists between myself and the interpreters: to recognize myself in their dancing, while simultaneously recognizing the space that the dancer occupies in me.”

— Helen Simard

Choreographer : Helen Simard
Produced by : Danse Cité in Collaboration with We All Fall Down
Première Performance: November 5, 2020 (by Web Diffusion)
Duration : 60 minutes
Number of performers : 6 (3 dancers and 3 musicians)
Number on the road : May vary, please enquire.

Credits :

Choreography by Helen Simard in collaboration with the performers Nindy Banks, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Victoria Mackenzie, Rémy Saminadin, Roger White, Ted Yates
Roger White musical director
Jody Burkholder sound engineer
Robin Fisher set design
Stéphanie Fromentin rehearsal direction
Hannah Kirby technical direction and lighting design
Alexandra Landé artistic consultant
Mathieu Leroux dramaturgy
Nalo Soyini Bruce costume design

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