DANSE CARPE DIEM
Beyond creating, producing and performing choreographic works, DCD/EJ contributes significantly to developing audiences in contemporary dance, with a strong focus on educational and cultural mediation activities. DCD/EJ’s mission is to foster exploration and experimentation within an ongoing research process. In this way, the company contributes to the growth and development of the contemporary dance milieu.
The company has premiered and performed over fifteen original works, several of which have been presented throughout Canada and in Europe.
SYNOPSIS - VEGA
Embarking on a trajectory in the vanishing space of a cosmology without apparent grounds; navigating between convolution and cohabitation. These are the parameters around which the four artists on stage create and re-create the space. Every moment of VEGA contains the attempt to seize a site never encountered. Returning becomes an act of abandonment.
With VEGA, Emmanuel Jouthe embraces a dramaturgy quite different from his recent works while maintaining the human poetry that carries his choreography.
In this creation, he invites proximity with the audience through space. The choreographer has challenged himself to palpably render the elusive nature of imagination.
SYNOPSIS - SUITES PERMÉABLES
SUITES PERMÉABLES is intended as a basis for questioning intimacy at the limits of its physical expression. In every culture, a certain physical distance is unconsciously established between two people. The interaction is delimited by an invisible boundary, by a personal space that enables us to enter in contact with the world, to breathe it in, exude it, and above all, to sense it.
Set in an atypical performance space, this choreographic piece is deeply engaged in bringing audience members outside of their comfort zone, shaking up their expectations and coaxing them into an unexpected encounter with the other, in a hidden dimension.
Often at skin level, SUITES PERMÉABLES is intended to be perceived in much the same way as one gives a look, reaches out a hand, or whispers in someone’s ear. The performers’ bodies in this piece are extremely malleable, in turn vibrating and withdrawing from the outside world; their presence is both gentle and unsettling.
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ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR is made up of various solos dispersed throughout the space and danced simultaneously. Dancers and spectators wear headphones connected to an iPod and share in a choreography for the duration of a piece of music.
Participants can experience different versions and a variety of dances by moving from one performer to another, but they can also enjoy the totality of a shifting and dynamic ensemble from a distance. Participants are thus free to come into the dance according to their impulses or as they please.
The purpose of this piece is to create privileged moments between two individuals and to discover such proximal connections. ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR, with its intimate choreographies, offers a new experience of the body’s movement as associated with different melodies, featuring two people in tune with one other, wrapped up in a shared world of sound.
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RIGEL & BETELGEUSE
SYNOPSIS - RIGEL & BETELGEUSE
RIGEL & BETELGEUSE is the story of a singular pair that come from nowhere, one of whom is destined by fate to depart. They are two characters that emerge from an unknown canvas and are driven into a new painting, this one executed by the outdoor place, which will be invested.
The original intention of RIGEL & BETELGEUSE was to create a vivid duet with a script adaptable to any number of performance spaces. Emmanuel Jouthe has therefore selected some of the trademark characteristics of his choreographic signature and has created a “danse-poursuite” for two performers emphasizing the implausible life of a duo.
Depersonalized by their costumes, with each fresh performance the dancers dive into a completely new dialogue, a direct conversation articulated around a theme, a portfolio of movements, an alphabet of constraints and physical situations, in surroundings that change with every performance.
CORPS DE TEXTE
SYMOPSIS - CORPS DE TEXTE
CORPS DE TEXTE is a series of solos unfolding in a world where literature and poetry occupy the foreground. The concept is an outgrowth of the ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR project, and gives movement to words, excerpts from novels, poems and other literary works, in the space of 3 to 4-minute solos. Again, emanating from the theme of proximity in which the choreographer is deeply invested, the dancers’ bodies take on the shape of the text within intimate individual encounters, or tête-à-têtes. While hearing the power in the meaning of the words, the physical language expressed becomes a meeting and sharing medium, both delicate and invigorating. Using several languages in the recording of texts (Arabic, Spanish, English, French, Japanese, etc.), the piece reinitializes the spectator’s imagination, both provoking and facilitating openness to the other.