Face-à-face

Jérémie Niel

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April 6. 7. 8. 9 > 7 p.m.
April 10. 11, 2021 > 2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Tickets: $20 to $30 (taxes included)

In a living room, as Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Robert Gravel did with such freedom in a time long past, Jérémie Niel invites Catherine Gaudet. Gazing into each other’s eyes, face to face. In a theatre, Félix-Antoine Boutin and Louise Bédard address the audience, question them, attempt to sing, play, dance, and holler sense, face to face. The four artists scrutinize each other. Searching the pupils of those they stand before, they hope to find a way to speak of beauty, falling, love, chaos… the things we spend a lifetime searching for from studio to studio, alleyway to alleyway, performance to performance.

Press release

Created and directed by Jérémie Niel | Choreographed by Catherine Gaudet | Assistant Director Ariane Lamarre | Performers Louise Bédard and Félix-Antoine Boutin | Lighting Design Cédric Delorme-Bouchard | Sound Design Jean-Sébastien Côté and Ariane Lamarre | Costume Design Léonie Blanchet | Props Karine Galarneau | Production Manager Kevin Bergeron | Technical Director and Stage Manager Jérôme Guilleaume | Video and Trailer Sylvio Arriola | Sound Recording and Mixing Julia Innes | Photos Fabrice Gaëtan.

 


Jérémie Niel  © Fabrice GaëtanCatherine Gaudet  © Julie ArtachoLouise Bédard   © Fabrice GaëtanFélix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice Gaëtan

For the first time, these creator performers mutually interrogate each other on their ways of making and conceiving of live art, on what they have spent their lives researching, from project to project, studio to studio, piece to piece. This brings them to talk about dance, theatre, romanticism, landscape, abstraction, politics, morals, critical thought, sensitivity, vagueness… In front of an audience, they transform La Chapelle into an agora to rethink the meeting between theatre and dance.

Jérémie Niel, stage director and artistic director of Pétrus, orchestrates this face-off, shouldered by the choreography and dramaturgical input of one of his long-time accomplices, choreographer Catherine Gaudet.

After the success of his last work, Noir, presented at the Théâtre de Quat’sous in January 2019, Niel continues on his quest to unbar performing arts codes, and maintains his obsession with the perhaps impossible fusion of the two solitudes in his artist’s heart: dance and theatre.

What bridges might we build?
Where will all this lead us?
Is there a way through? Is a story possible?

— Jérémie Niel

JÉRÉMIE NIEL

Jérémie Niel graduated in directing from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal. He founded the company Pétrus in 2005, and has been its Artistic and Executive Director ever since. Within this flexible structure, he pursues a rigorous process of formal exploration that calls upon the senses of the spectator. Sculpting the half-light in a distended temporality, he employs striking sound landscapes pierced by silences, turning each piece into a hypnotic universe shrouded in a gentle strangeness, on the borders of theatre, dance, music and visual arts. A poet of off-centre reality, he probes the reverse side of words and gestures, revealing the zones of ambiguity and uncertainty within the human psyche.

Jérémie Niel has directed more than a dozen works, presented at La Chapelle Scènes contemporaines, Festival TransAmériques, Usine C, Théâtre Prospero, Agora de la danse, Théâtre de Quat'Sous, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris. In addition to his activities with Pétrus, he regularly collaborates, at the invitation of various producers, on numerous projects with other companies in theatre, dance and music, notably with the groups We are Wolves and Dear Criminals. Since 2016, he has been a member of the committee of associated artists at the Théâtre de Quat'Sous.

CATHERINE GAUDET

Catherine Gaudet completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Department of Dance of UQAM. In 2004, she created her first choreography. She quickly made her mark with Grosse fatigue (2005), which won a prize at the Aarhus International Choreography Competition in Denmark, and L'arnaque (2006). In 2009, she focused on the effects of the void in her first large-scale work, L'invasion du vide. In Je suis un autre (2012), she scratched away the veneer of social facade to reveal the ambiguity of beings struggling with their contradictions, an intension she pursued in Au sein des plus raides vertus (2014), this time focusing on the notion of morality. In 2016, she co-wrote with director Jérémie Niel La très excellente et lamentable tragédie de Roméo et Juliette, which transposed the Shakespeare legend to a closed-door setting at once sensual and melancholic. In 2018, she combined three female solos in Tout ce qui va revient, followed by L'affadissement du merveilleux, a choreography for five dancers based on the hypnotic insistence of the cycle. Her solo Se dissoudre (2021) approaches the perception of time as an illusory phenomenon. Catherine Gaudet is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Compagnie Catherine Gaudet, a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, associate creator at DLD-Daniel Léveillé Danse, and associate artist at Agora de la danse.

Photos
Louise Bédard, Félix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice GaëtanFélix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice GaëtanLouise Bédard  © Fabrice GaëtanFélix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice Gaëtan
Videos

coproduction  Danse-Cité & Pétrus

financial support
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal

header photo: Louise Bédard, Félix-Antoine Boutin  © Fabrice Gaëtan

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
3700, Saint-Dominique street
Sherbrooke
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