Photo: Marie-France Coallier The Duty The cardinal point is the pattern of the breath in “Ghost”.
Reach ” the zone “. This state of grace, where the concentration and immersion in an activity are such that the body and mind are on autopilot. Notion prevalent in the rap community, “the zone” — also referred to as flow in positive psychology — is the purpose that the hip-hop dancers are looking for obsessively. With four pairs of tentacles in addition to their bow, Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund are continuing their quest to achieve this state of altered consciousness with Ghost, the new creation, of which the cardinal point is the pattern of the breath.
“As dancers, we must be aware of our breathing, because the movement changes completely depending on when and how you inspires and expires. This, therefore, was not a new element in our work. It has always been part of our practices, but we wanted to go further in our research by adopting different techniques of breathing, ” say the creators, who are inspired, especially the eastern practices, where the mastery of the breath is crucial, such as qi gong, yoga, meditation and martial arts.
Dreamlike forms and distortions
From the duo to the overall composition, the tandem sees its directory to win in major for two years. The fact of working with the same performers — Victoria Mackenzie, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Marie-Reine Kabasha and Rahime Gay-Labbé — has allowed them to develop a form of symbiosis. In the studio, the breath regulates the acrobatic movements of the six dancers absorbed in the composition of figures in dreamlike : hydra with six heads, giant octopus, mysterious entities from the universe of Miyazaki.
Building on a stage stripped away, where does that end work lights, the artists have wanted to tighten their creation on the evocative power of the body and their musicalités. “This work is complex and symbiotic, where we are all interconnected and interdependent,” says Emmanuelle Lê Phan. With Ghost, the new avenue that we’ve taken is the handling of accessories, objects, plastic materials and costumes. We are interested in the shapes distorted that one can find in some surrealist painters like Dalí and Paco Pomet. “
The fact of being exposed to the dance allows us to create new neural paths, to slow down the aging and maintain the memory. The goal is not to know, but rather to go into the unknown. Why must we always try to understand everything ?
— Elon Höglund
“In dance, there is a saying to refer to the moment when one enters “the zone” : it is said that one catches a spirit [we catch a ghost], “explains the designer. “This image of a spirit or ghost refers rather to the breath, to the air, to the spiritual life “, complete with Elon Höglund. “To reach this state of meditation and dispossession, where the flow and alignment of mind-body are perfect, it is like catching a spirit. Conversely, this figure can also represent a memory that is programmed negative, compulsive behaviour and unconscious. “
The work speaks for itself
Preferring not to reveal too much about their creation or too much intellectualizing, the artists strive to express themselves through their dance ” what words cannot express “. They ask the spectators to be receptive to the sensations and to project their imagination on a stage, rather than seeking to identify in a unambiguous meaning in the work danced.
“This is one more reason for us to stay in abstraction. The fact of being exposed to the dance allows us to create new neural paths, to slow down the aging and maintain the memory. The goal is not to know, but rather to go into the unknown. Why must we always try to understand everything ? There can be so many different layers of meaning to a work. And, sometimes, intellectualizing so much things, as one often sees in contemporary art, that the object loses its spirit, ” says the choreographer.
Of Tentacle Tribe. Choreography : Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund. Performers : Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Elon Höglund, Victoria Mackenzie, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Rahime Gay-Labbé. In the 5th Room from November 13 to 17.
Alan Carter has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh Post, Alan Carter worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.