Frédérick Gravel / Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup
Some Hope for the Bastards (world premiere)
The choreographer from Montréal drew attention to himself already as a student in 2004 with his first work. In Daniel Léveillé he found his mentor, in the enfant terrible Dave St-Pierre a congenial partner. With Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG), Frédérick Gravel founded a collective of dancers and musicians with which he crosses rock and concept art and which unites the nonchalance of post-modern dance with a hysterical pop star attitude. He examines what constitutes contemporary dance sometimes with brute force, sometimes with a Brechtian alienation effect. For his newest creation, which will have its world premiere at the DANCE festival, he was inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Rhythm, typewriter staccato, and pendulum beats intermingle; it's live music – and it's loud sometimes. Frédérick Gravel choreographs the body as a complementary color, in order to provide a contrasting accent to the persistent, perfect pulse of the Music.
Artistic director: Frédérick Gravel
Dancers: Dany Desjardins, Francis Ducharme, Kimberley de Jong, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Louise Michel Jackson, Alexia Martel, Frédéric Tavernini, David-Albert Toth, Jamie Wright
Musicians: Philippe Brault, José Major
Composer: Philippe Brault
Sound: Louis Carpentier
Lighting designer: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Costumes: Catherine Théroux
Technical Director: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Rehearsal Director: Lucie Vigneault
Apprentice: Noémie Dufour-Campeau
Production: Frédérick Gravel and Daniel Léveillé Danse
A coproduction with Daniel Léveillé Danse + CanDance Network Creation Fund + Festival TransAmériques (Montréal) + Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie + Muffatwerk (Munich) + The National Arts Centre (Ottawa) + The Banff Centre + PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver) + Usine C (Montréal).
External Eye: Angélique Wilkie
This public presentation is part of DLD's development and touring sponsorship project.