“Territories”: the diary of a passeuse

«Territoires»: le carnet de route d’une passeuse

Photo: Michael Slobodian

The dancers form spirals gently, following suit, before they implode the space with the sounds of a singing remote that contains a mystery to solve.

Artist turned towards the elsewhere, over nearly thirty years, Lucie Gregoire has forged its singular signature is at the discretion of his travels in the desert. Following the principle of collage, the choreographer has returned to short forms of his repertoire for dealing Territories. Crossed by many influences, the work reads like a roadmap of a dance career forged to the contacts of other cultures. Accompanied by scene of the three performers — Kim Henry, Isabelle Poirier and James Viveiros, the choreographer is, at the same time, the act of placing.

The aesthetic range in the scene, of a great sobriety, and it highlights the movements ingrown and the hard work of presence characterizing an approach to movement authentic nourished principles to the butoh dance. The beauty of costumes inspired by oriental — long petticoats and pieces of fabric black — contributes to the atmosphere of mysticism, crossing the room.

Rites and illuminations

With a long wooden stick that she beats it against the ground, Lucy Gregory, in a first solo just set the tone. Bare feet, a long trench coat on the back, it embodies a first archetype of an old man, a sort of Tiresias in modern times facilitated by an external energy. Follows a female duo in choreographies twin, but not identical. The dancers form spirals gently, following suit, before they implode the space with the sounds of a singing remote that contains a mystery to solve.

Of all, we must primarily remember this great moment where the long stick of wood of the opening whips the air in circles. A scene powerful where James Viveiros embodies a figure warrior heckled by a deity of death.

Reminders to the slowness of tai-chi, to the intensity of flamenco and the rotation of the whirling dervishes glide from one table to the other. We travel through rites personal fathomless, trances nerve and moments of enlightenment, of which there remains, however, of witnesses in remote locations.

Territories

Of Lucy Gregory with Lucy Gregory, Kim Henry, Isabelle Poirier and James Viveiros. Presented by Agora de la danse, until the 10th of November to the Building Wilder – Espace danse.

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