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Usually Beauty Fails

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Photo: Denis Farley

Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal, Canada)

January 28–30
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre For The Arts
149 West Hastings Street

8:00 PM (90 min, no intermission)

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Post-Performance Talk: January 29


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Three musicians plugged into the power grid, six dancers ready to explode, the energy of pop music to intensify the beat, burning desire to set things ablaze. Quebec choreographer Frédérick Gravel ignites the stage in Usually Beauty Fails, a surrealist and unbridled study of beauty, love and relationships. Usually Beauty Fails is an audacious integration of popular culture and choreographic art; an invigorating and carnal work that posits conflict as art and elevates reality’s imperfections to the rank of the most efficient aesthetic. (Text: Fabienne Cabado. Translation: Michel Moussette.)

Frédérick Gravel is a dancer, choreographer, guitarist, singer and lighting designer whose work is presented in all kinds of settings, from classic venues in Montreal, to underground spaces in New York and popular festivals in Europe. Gravel cultivates artistic ambiguity and plays with the cultural zeitgeist while thumbing his nose at the avant-garde. He turns the structures of choreography upside down, incorporating diverse elements linked to rock and performance art traditions. Gravel heads Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup, a variable collective of his contemporaries trained in dance, music and theatre.

>> Gravel creates a bare beauty that resists aesthetic standards… Hats off. << Voir


Tickets: $38–44
$12 surcharge applies to PuSh Pass bookings.
Group rate: $32

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Performance contains nudity.

Creator, director & choreographer: Frédérick Gravel | Dancers at creation: Kimberley De Jong, Francis Ducharme, FrédéRick Gravel, Brianna Lombardo, Frédéric Tavernini, Jamie Wright | Composers: Stéphane Boucher, Philippe Brault | Dancers & musicians on stage: Frédéric Boivin, Stéphane Boucher, Frédérick Gravel, Hugo Gravel, Brianna Lombardo, Frédérick Tavernini, Lucie Vigneault, Jamie Wright | Artistic assistant at creation: Ivana Milicevic | Rehearsal director: Anne Lebeau (at creation), Jamie Wright | Lighting designer: Alexandre Pilon-Guay | Technical director & stage manager: David-Alexandre Chabot | Sound technician: Louis Carpentier | Executive producer: Marie-Andrée Gougeon (for Daniel Léveillé Danse) | Development: George Skalkogiannis | Agents: (Benelux) Sarah De Ganck/Art Happens | Something Chimes In Me by Stéphane Boucher, courtesy of Éditions Éloize

Production co-produced by Danse Danse with Place Des Arts, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Moving in November, Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Société de la Place des Arts, Circuit-Est, Centre Segal; with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts. Production receives administrative support from Daniel Léveillé Danse Company as part of its Touring Sponsorship Project. Frédérick Gravel is member of Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique