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Ballhof Eins

The Fading of the Marvelous

Catherine Gaudet (CA)


“[…] The topic is the circle of life. That is nothing very uncommon in dance theatre, which is often concerned with becoming, growing and ephemerality. But what this Canadian choreographer makes of it is outstanding. […] Again and again, [individual dancers] break out of the group, turn off in opposite directions. […] Bathed in sweat and visibly at their physical limits, the dancers finally come to rest and fall into statue-like poses.”

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 4 September 2019

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The eternal cycle of life and death has been moulded into dance form by the Canadian choreographer Catherine Gaudet. A confirmed dance-purist, she does without any stage trickery or costumes, relying entirely on the power of five highly concentrated dancers and a signature movement universe that is elaborately devised down to the last gesture and expression. While the mere sight of the dancers’ sculpted bodies evokes many stories leading to this moment, the choreographer adds immense impetus with her pared-down dance language, pointing to further worlds of experience. Gaudet, whose extremely precise and high-powered productions always also explore the unconscious, is an associate artist of the company Daniel Léveillé Danse, which presented their powerful, minimalist creation "Solitudes Solo" at last year’s festival. As a former student of Léveillé, she has – setting out from his grounding – found her own paths and long since become one of the most sought-after representatives of the Canadian dance avant-garde herself.

(approx. 55 mins)

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cast & credits

Creation: Catherine Gaudet
Performers: Caroline Gravel, Jean-Benoit Labrecque, Leïla Mailly, James Phillips, Simon Renaud
Music: Antoine Berthiaume
Assistant dramaturge
& Rehearsal director: Sophie Michaud
Lighting design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Costume design: Max-Otto Fauteux
Technical director: Olivier Chopinet

Production: Lorganisme

Executive producer: DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse

Co-production: Agora de la danse, Montreal( Centre chorégraphique national de Tours (CCNT)

Creative residencies:
Agora de la danse/ Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV/ Compagnie Marie Chouinard/ Danse à la carte/ École de danse Louise Lapierre/ Maison de la culture Frontenac (all Montreal)/ Centre chorégraphique national de Tours - CCNT

With the support of:
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal

Catherine Gaudet is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montreal.

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