La Démarquise is Louise, it’s me, her, us, and you… La Démarquise is the poetry of bodies, in union and as individuals. “Like the reflection transmitted by a prism, creating an image that can not satisfy her, La Démarquise makes light of herself.” Five powerful dancers take the stage: Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse, Sarah Williams, five strong personalities.
La Démarquise is the acknowledgment given to the feminine condition. It also echoes society’s view of a natural phenomenon: aging and the frantic race to fight it. Louise Bédard takes on femininity, the state of being “feminine,” and transports us into worlds that unsettle and astonish us.
Inspired by the iconographic and narrative work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego, this invitation from Louise Bédard is an opportunity to reflect on social discourses about aging. Through magnified, wounded images of women, accompanied by audio, visual, physical and material stimuli, La Démarquise opens a dialogue of contrasts and liberation, pain and pleasure, carried by the poetry of the bodies on stage.
OFF-CINARS 2016 : A one hour extract of La Démarquise has been presented on Thursday 17th november 2016 at 12.30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m.
La Démarquise was performed on the 16th,17th and 18th march 2016 at 7pm and 19th march 2016 at 3pm
OFF-FTA 29th may 2015. Public work in progress at Studio Jeanne-Renaud – Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.
Choreography Louise Bédard
Performers Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Sarah Williams with apprentice Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse
Coach and artistic consultant Christine Charles
Composer Diane Labrosse
Stage designer Marilène Bastien
Lighting Bruno Rafie
Costumes Valeska G.
Makeup Angelo Barsetti
Technical director Catherine Germain
Production manager Émilie Martel
Production Louise Bédard Danse
Performance : around 110 minutes
Photomontage 1 > Sarah Williams, Marie Claire Forté / Crédit : Photomontage by Éliot B.Lafrenière and Guillaume Lépine, from Valeska G. pictures
Photo 2 > Alanna Kraaijeveld, Miriah Brennan, Sarah Williams, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 3 > Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 4 > Alanna Kraaijeveld, Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasses / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 5 > Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 6 > Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 7 > Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse, Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 8 > Sarah Williams, Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 9 > Miriah Brennan, Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 10 > Sarah Williams / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak