Photo: Stéphane Najman, with K. de Jong, D. Albert-Toth, F. Ducharme, D. Desjardins, L. Vigneault, J. Wright
For the musically adventurous and visually attuned, Frédérick Gravel offers a music-dance spectacle to savour—an unholy hybrid of the highbrow and the high-octane. Onstage, nine dancers move in time to a head-nodding live music mix, their bodies shifting between repose and ecstatic motion. The emphasis here is on rhythm—you’ll struggle to stay in your seat as the propulsive beats roll and the dancers move in finely controlled harmony.
Gravel bridges the mainstream and the esoteric in a delightful blend. With the music as with the dance, this is Gravel’s signature crossbreeding at its finest—a heady mash-up of styles, moulded for maximum kinetic power. The musical references— rock, R&B, even classical—seem stranger, more radical, more alive in combination with the others. In this sprawling sonic universe, the dancers come to life; when they move, it’s with the force of obsession. Beauty is rarely this entertaining, and entertainment rarely this exalted.
[A]rguably the most significant dance artist to emerge in Quebec in the past 10 years… He produces dance theatre that is sly and subversive.
CREATOR, DIRECTOR Frédérick Gravel PERFORMERS David Albert-Toth, Dany Desjardins, Kimberley de Jong, Francis Ducharme, Louise Michel Jackson, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Alexia Martel, Jamie Wright, Simon Xavier-Lefebvre PERFORMERS AT CREATION David Albert-Toth, Dany Desjardins, Kimberley De Jong, Francis Ducharme, Louise Michel Jackson, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Alexia Martel. Frédéric Tavernini, Jamie Wright MUSICIANS Philippe Brault, Frédérick Gravel, José Major ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER Philippe Brault REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Lucie Vigneault TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Alexandre Pilon-Guay LIGHTING DESIGNER Alexandre Pilon-Guay SOUND DESIGNER Louis Carpentier COSTUME DESIGNER Catherine Théroux OUTSIDE EYE Angélique Wilkie APPRENTICE Noémie Dufour-Campeau DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION MANAGERS George Skalkogiannis, Marie-Andrée Gougeon PRODUCERS Frédérick Gravel, Daniel Léveillé Danse CO-PRODUCED BY Daniel Léveillé Danse, CanDance Network Creation Fund, Festival TransAmériques, Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, Muffatwerk, National Arts Centre, The Banff Centre, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Usine C SUPPORTED BY Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts THIS PRODUCTION is part of Daniel Léveillé Danse development & touring sponsorship project