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FND
OCT.04

7:00pm - LSPU Hall

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À perte de vue
Corpuscule Danse @7:00pm

Black Ballerina
Syreeta Hector @8:30pm

 

À perte de vue
Corpuscule Danse

Danced by Marie-Hélène Bellavance, this work evokes the subsisting part of what has been lost as an entity with an existence of its own. Accompanied by George-Nicolas Tremblay, who personifies the rupture in abstract form, a woman without legs gradually discovers her dance. In the flow of her mastery of the movements, her accompanist embodies the external force that propels her, without her prostheses, towards a change of reality.

Word of direction artistique:

Since its founding in 2000, Corpuscule Danse has been dedicated to the development and promotion of inclusive dance based on bringing together dancers with and without visible and invisible disabilities. The company is proud to continue the mission of its co-founder France Geoffroy, a pioneer in inclusive dance in Canada who passed away last April. We would like to dedicate this performanceto her, which also marks our return to the stage after the long break imposed by the pandemic. We would also like to warmly thank the Festival of New Dance for their invitation to participate in andcelebrate their 30thanniversary. And finally, thanks to you ,audience, for being with us this evening. Have a good evening!

Marie-Hélène Bellavance and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay,

Co-artistic directors of Corpuscule Danse

À perte de vue / Infinite Sightline

Production : Corpuscule Danse

Choreographer: Lucie Grégoire

Dancers : Marie-Hélène Bellavance, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay

Music: Robert Normandeau

Lighting : Lee Anholt

Costumes : Marzia Pellissier, Catherine Gauthier

Costumes G.-N. Tremblay : Etsuko Ohno

Robert Normandeau

His work as a composer is mainly devoted to acousmatic music, although he composed some mixed works. More specifically, his compositions employ esthetical criteria whereby he creates a ‘cinema for the ear’ in which ‘meaning’ as well as ‘sound’ become the elements that elaborate his works. More recently Robert Normandeau composed a cycle of works of immersive multiphonic music for a dome of loudspeakers. Along with concert music he has composed, for a period of twenty years, incidental music especially for the theatre. He has been Professor in electroacoustic music composition at Université de Montréal since 1999 after completing the first DMus in Electroacoustic Composition (1992), under Marcelle Deschênes and Francis Dhomont. He leads the Groupe de recherche immersion spatiale (Spatial Immersion Research Group, GRIS), which produces sound spatialization software. Robert Normandeau is an award winner of numerous international competitions, including Ars Electronica, Linz (Austria, 1993, Golden Nica in 1996), Bourges (France, 1986, ’88, ’93), Fribourg (Switzerland, 2002), Luigi Russolo, Varese (Italy, 1989, ’90), Métamorphoses, Brussels (Belgium, 2002, ’04), Musica Nova, Prague (Czech Republic, 1994, ’95, ’98, 2012, ’13), Noroit-Léonce Petitot, Arras (France, 1991, ’93), Phonurgia Nova, Arles (France, 1987, ’88), Stockholm (Sweden, 1992), and Giga-Hertz (Karlsruhe, 2010). He was a composer in residence in Banff (Canada, 1989, ’92, ’93, 2012), Bangor (Wales, UK, 2008), Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK, 1997), Bourges (France, 1988, ’99, 2005), Huddersfield (England, RU, 2015), Karlsruhe (Germany, 2004, ’05, ’10, ’11), Mons (Belgium, 1996), Morelia (Mexico, 2013), Ohain (Belgium, 1987, 2007), Oslo (Norway, 2015), Paris (France, 1990, 94), and Santiago (Chile, 2013).

 

Georges Nicolas Tremblay

A self-taught dance artist, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay studied in visual arts and theatre, and considers himself first as a creator. He has created over a dozen works of his own, in addition to choreographing operettas, musicals and music videos. In his current work, influenced by his personal explorations in queerness, he integrates text and song into dance, thus finding new ways to deepen his passion for musicals. He studies and explores collaborative practices as a way to de-hierarchize and queer art practices. These interests he developed while completing his master’s degree in dance at UQAM, where he researched dance dramaturgy from a relational angle, reevaluating power dynamics within the creative process, and their possible impacts on the resulting work. His career as a performer spans over 20 years. He has danced for choreographers such as Aurélie Pédron, Sylvain Émard, Isabelle Van Grimde, Harold Rhéaume, Hélène Blackburn and Hélène Langevin. He currently works for the companies Corpuscule Danse and Je suis Julio (Ariane Boulet, Nate Yaffe). Alongside his stage career, he is a dance mediator (FTA, DLD, city of Montréal) and teaches his vision of dance dramaturgy, in addition to being an artistic advisor and dramaturg for other choreographers.

 

Marie-Hélène Bellavance

Multidisciplinary artist Marie-Hélène Bellavance completed her BFA degree with a minor in psychology at Concordia University in 2004. Several of her solo and group exhibitions have been presented in museums and other cultural venues in Quebec. Her practice revolves around the body and its innate capacity for resilience. In her pictorial works, videos, and installations, she provides a transformative space for spectators dealing with the various kinds of bereavement and grief that inhabit us. In 2005, Marie-Hélène made her first appearance on the contemporary dance scene with Corpuscule Danse. The company is dedicated to the development of inclusive dance via an artistic practice based on the meeting between dancers with a visible or invisible disability and dancers without a disability. As a performer, Marie-Hélène has danced for choreographers Jemima Hoadley (London, 2005-2007), Estelle Clareton (2009-2010), Chantal Lamirande (2013-2014), Benoît Lachambre (2016-2020), and Lucie Grégoire (2016-2020). She is now the artistic and executive director of Corpuscule Danse, where she continues to develop her vision of the contemporary body and to offer a deeper way of looking at corporeal and functional diversity. Lee Anholt moved to Montréal in 1990 after completing a BAC in Contemporary Dance at Simon Fraser University. His work was produced in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. From 1995 he began gravitating towards technical theatre. Lee was the technical director and lighting director on tour for Montréal Danse and FLAK (José Navas) for many years and also had the chance to work with many great creators in dance as well as theatre: Peggy Baker, Louise Lecavalier, Denis Marleau (UBU) and Chantal Caron, to name but a few. Presently Lee is the technical and production director for Danse-Cité. He also creates lighting for theatre, music, and especially dance.

Black Ballerina
Syreeta Hector

Based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship to race, and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. The 2019 performance of an earlier version of Black Ballerina was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerina brings an unbridled energy to the stage.


 

Choreographer and dancer: Syreeta Hector

Movement Dramaturg: Seika Boye (2017-2020) and Dedra McDermott (2020) Outside Eye: J. Adam Brown

Lighting Design: Noah Feaver

Stage Management: Helin Gungoren

Sound Design: Germaine Liu and Mark Zurawinski

Sound from: Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures, Marie Davidson, Richard Reed Parry, A Tribe Called Red, Kendrick Lamar

Technical/Set Design: Elissa Horscroft, Tristan Goethel, Mary Spyrakis: Thank you to Canadian Stage

Costume Alterations: Kleanthi Markakis

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Syreeta Hector
Syreeta Hector is a dance artist and educator in Toronto, Ontario. As a highly accomplished performer, Syreeta has worked for internationally recognized companies like Adelheid Dance Projects, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Political Movement, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She is a proud graduate of The National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has achieved her Master of Arts in Dance Studies from York University. Her work called “Black Ballerina” focuses on the dualities within ones identity, along with Syreeta’s blackness and indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet. This short work in progress solo gained recognition at the SummerWorks Festival in 2019. Here, the piece won the Stratford Festival Lab Award for Research and Creation. The condensed version of the piece was also performed at the Citadel Dance Mix 2019. Here, the performance was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. Syreeta is currently one of the Luminato Artists in Residence and part of the Creative Incubator at the Citadel+ Compagnie.

Website: syreetahector.com

Seika Boye
Dr. Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is a Lecturer in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies/Director of the Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto. Seika's writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and magazines and she is the curator of the archival exhibition It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970. Seika was an artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario 2018-19 and she currently works as movement dramaturg with artists/collectives including Natasha Powell/Holla Jazz, Syreeta Hector and Mix Mix Dance Collective.

Dedra McDermott

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Dedra McDermott is a Toronto-based artist and honours graduate from York University’s Choreography and Performance Program. She trained at Leeming Danceworks in an array of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, improvisation and more. Dancing for over 15 years in various disciplines, she has developed her craft at The Ailey School, Broadway Dance Centre and ProArteDanza’s reputable Apprentice Program. Dedra has also worked with esteemed educators and choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Robert Glumbek, Linda Garneau, Roberto Campanella, Anisa Tejpar, Vlad Novitski and Jasmyn Fyffe. In recent years she has performed with Royal Caribbean Productions, fu-Gen Theatre, Hit and Run Productions, Jasmyn Fyffe Dance and Bridge to Artists. In addition to performing, Dedra is establishing herself as an emerging choreographer.

Noah Feaver
Noah Feaver is a Dora Award nominated lighting designer originally from Vancouver BC, now resident in Toronto, working in dance, theatre, and opera. Education includes the Ryerson School of Performance and The Banff Centre, as well as mentorships with several prominent Canadian lighting designers. Noah is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Website: noahfeaver.com

Helin Gungoren
Based in Toronto, Helin Gungoren (she/her) works primarily as a stage manager and arts administrator with a focus on dance, festivals and events. Some of the companies Helin has worked with/for include Citadel + Compagnie, Toronto Fringe Festival, STDT, Granite Motion Gallery, Wild Rabbit dance projects, and New Blue Dance. She received her BFA in Performance Production from Ryerson’s School of Performance.

Mark Zurawinski
Mark Zurawinski is a Toronto-based percussionist, drummer and improviser with an eclectic palette, and fondness for left field music which takes him to interesting and diverse sonic places - from contemplative chamber music to free-jazz freakouts, pan-aegean folk grooves to digital noise. Mark has a keen interest in exploring the fluidity of texture and time, and the space where composition and improvisation meet.
Website: markzurawinskimusic.com

Germaine Liu
Germaine Liu (b. 1983, Hong Kong) is a composer/percussionist based in Tkaronto (Toronto), Treaty 13 Territory in Ontario. Liu is interested in exploring and sharing the things that she finds joyful in collaborative settings, with the hopes that players involved are open and willing to participate. She loves the tactile, movement, sonic and physical explorations of found objects and percussion instruments. In addition to her interest in sounds/movement/touch, she also makes jewelry as handmade by germaine with the intention of using recycled materials as a way of crafting them in a new light. She is also part of the Willow Gardens Collective with friends, where she is happily learning how to grow, share food, care for and love the land.

J. Adam Brown
Over the last two decades, J. Adam has starred in 45 television shows and films, including SYFY’s “The Expanse”, ABC’s “Rookie Blue”, and Global’s “Private Eyes”. J. Adam created the 2018 IPF digital musical series HAUNTERS, currently airing on KindaTV with 500K+ views and winner of BEST ENSEMBLE at TO Webfest. J. Adam made a 22-minute broadcast featurette about Denis Villeneuve’s, ENEMY, that was featured on the IMDB.com homepage, and INDIEWIRE.com's Playlist. His short films have screened in New York, Milan, Shanghai, Toronto, and Birmingham. His most recent one, DUST, premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and is being developed into a feature film for release in 2022."

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