Danses kaléidoscopiques. Performance by Manon De Pauw and Pierre-Marc Ouellette

Manon De Pauw et Pierre-Marc Ouellette, Danses kaléidoscopiques, Performance. Interprète : Natalie Zoey Gauld.

Photo: Manon De Pauw

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Admission is free, but seats are limited
Reservation required

Reservation required at info@centrevox.ca. The performance will take place in the exhibition room. A seat will be assigned to each participant in accordance with applicable public health measures.

This installation-performance project proposes a hybrid art form blending contemporary dance, performance, and both visual and media arts. It is inspired by historical research into the Triadisches Ballett (1922) by the prominent Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer, on which multidisciplinary artist Manon De Pauw and choreographer and dancer Pierre-Marc Ouellette draw to investigate the connections between body, image and technology.

The performance at VOX constitutes one stage of a large-scale experimental laboratory, which De Pauw and Ouellette will use to explore the interfacing of the performers with a visual apparatus consisting of mirrored plexiglass surfaces and projections of abstract images. The latter will be created live on the surface of a light table, echoing the music and in collaboration with the performers, who will continually reconfigure the gallery space by playing with reflections and manipulating light as a “material”.

Danses kaléidoscopiques revisits—not without a dose of humour— the historical link uniting the visual and the performing arts. It reactivates issues around body-image and body-machine relationships, probing into the dynamics of control, authority, subjectivity and agency. Here, the gesture emerges as much from choreographic writing as from random performance actions and playful encounters between the performers and the material, made up of both light and more tangible elements. The latter are no longer “moved” exclusively by a mathematical choreography, but rather live in a constant tension between the subject and the object of the work.

Manon De Pauw lives in Montreal. Her work has been shown at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2009, Galerie de l’UQAM and curator Louise Déry presented the exhibition Manon De Pauw – Intrigues, which traveled to the Musée régional de Rimouski (2011) and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris (2012). She has collaborated on multiple occasions with choreographer Danièle Desnoyers as well as musicians and composers André Pappathomas, Joane Hétu, and Philippe B. De Pauw recently created two major interdisciplinary performance works in collaboration with Pierre-Marc Ouellette: La matière ordinaire (2014) at Usine C and Cocons somatiques (2017) at Agora de la danse. She is professor at the School of Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the research group Labo lumière [créations + recherches interdisciplinaires].

Pierre-Marc Ouellette lives in Montreal. He completed his training at Montreal’s Ateliers de danse moderne in 2005. Since 2007 he has performed with choreographer Danièle Desnoyers’ company Le Carré des Lombes and danced in Play It Again! (2005), while also contributing to the creation of Là où je vis (2008), Dévorer le ciel (2010), Sous la peau, la nuit (2012), and Anatomie d’un souffle (2016). His first creation Le show off was presented at Tangente in 2010, while collective creation Les Angèles (2012) was performed at La Chapelle Theater. He teaches at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the National Theatre School of Canada, and as part of various professional dance workshops.

Performers: Karina Champoux, Alexia Martel, Simon Renaud
Contributed to the creation: Natalie Zoey Gauld, Pénélope Gromko, and Bernard Martin
Music: Nicolas Bernier

Artists thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Canada Council for the Arts, and UQAM.


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