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Série Solos

 

SÉRIE SOLOS

Série Solos is an ongoing dance experience where the art of solo becomes a tool to explore the intimate relationship that is created, first between the choreographer and the dancer, then between the dancer and each spectator. It is also an experiment on space where the usual contours of the theatre stage are blurred, while a new stage emerges: the personal stage of one’s gaze and one’s inner space. Série Solos differs from the typical “finished” dance work in that it aims to deploy itself as a long-haul creation cycle, where the work is renewed with each new setting, with each new stage shared with each new audience.

Since May 2011, several different versions have been presented, on stage and in various public spaces (site-specific), inside as well as outside. Here are some of the principal versions created followed by some of the upcoming new versions, notably the project J’y suis that will be specially created for Montreal’s Accès culture network.


COMING SOON

Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montréal — Septembre 27, 2013
Two 25-minute performances presented in various spaces in front of the Jean-Pierre-Perreault building. Details here.

Dancers for this version: Marie-Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Michel F. Côté (music)

  PAST VERSIONS

Studio Jeanne-Renaud of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montréal — May 27-28, 2011

On the fringes of Festival TransAmériques 2011, before leaving for France, the company presented two preview performances of the « stage » version of Série Solos : audience members shared the stage area with the dancers and were brought to move around as often as the lighting changed to indicate where the next dance moment was to happen in the space.

Dancers for this version: Tom Casey, Marie-Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Mark Eden-Towle

See the photos of the preview performances of the stage version of Série Solos at Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique

Effervescence Biennale de danse de Cholet, France — June 1 to 11, 2011

Louise Bédard was invited by the Biennale to serve as a leitmotif throughout the festival. Série Solos was performed in various configurations: on stage and in site-specific contexts.

June 1, 2011 > SNCF train station of Cholet. To launch the Biennale, a 25 minute sequence was performed between the tracks of Cholet’s train station. The audience watched from above, spread across a pedestrian bridge spanning over the train station.

June 3, 2011 > A three-part late evening presentation, had the audience stroll across the city of Cholet between three separate locations for the performances. The participating spectators followed the dancers from the courtyard of EMAP (École municipale d’arts plastiques) to the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Cholet, ending their journey at the Jardin du Mail.

9 juin 2011 > Jardin de Verre. This black box theatre saw the presentation of the « stage » version of Série Solos, during which audience members and dancers share the space.

11 juin > Place Travot. Louise Bédard performed a 15 minute solo in Cholet’s central Square, interacting with the audience frequently.

Dancers for these versions: Marie-Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Bernard Martin, Mark Eden-Towle and Michel F. Côté (music)

See the photos of Série Solos in Cholet

Park Lafontaine, Montréal — July 8 to 13, 2011

Part of 2011 program of Théâtre de Verdure, Louise Bédard Danse offered Montrealers five rallies in five park locations, to witness the live adaption and rehearsal, of a series of solos in different settings. The final rendezvous, on the sixth day, had the audience stroll through all five locations along with the performers.

Dancers for this version: Marie-Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Bernard Martin, Mark Eden-Towle and Michel F. Côté (music)

See the photos of Série Solos at park Lafontaine

Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts, Montréal — November 23, 2011

During Parcours Danse 2011, the dancers performed sequences of Série Solos among invited spectators and various bystanders who followed the performers from one location to another within the Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme.

Dancers for this version: Marie-Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Bernard Martin, Mark Eden-Towle

See the photos of Série Solos at Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme (in rehearsal)

Quartier des Spectacles, Montréal — August 12 & 13, 2012

Presented in different locations on Sainte-Catherine street, between Place des Arts and Complexe Desjardins.

Dancers for this version: Miriah Brennan, Mark Eden-Towle, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay and Michel F. Côté (music)

Place du 6 mai, Rimouski, Québec — August 15, 2012

In this «rally» version, where the dance pieces are adapted and performed in public spaces unique to each city, Série Solos spreads its roots in Rimouski’s downtown core, to offer the local population their own site-specific dance program. The Rimouski project is part of the Jouer Dehors initiative, promoted by La danse sur les routes du Québec. Presented by Spect’Art Rimouski in its Les 5 à l’Angélus series.

Dancers for this version: Miriah Brennan, Mark Eden-Towle, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay and Michel F. Côté (music)

Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts, Montréal — Friday October 5 — 5:00 pm and 7:15 pm

A new version of the site-specific program performed in various locations of the Espace Georges-Émile-Lapalme.

Dancers for this version: Miriah Brennan, Marie-Claire Forté, Bernard Martin, Mark Eden-Towle and Michel F. Côté (music)

Mont-Tremblant (St-Jovite), Québec — Friday August 16, 2013 — 7:00 pm

A 60 minute version performed in a half dozen locations arount the City Hall. Details here.

 Dancers for this version: Miriah Brennan, Alanna Kraaijeveld and Michel F. Côté (music)


  VIDEO

  ARTISTIC  COLLABORATORS

Artistic direction and Choreography

Louise Bédard

Music et soundscape

Michel F. Côté

Set design

Geneviève Lizotte

Lighting

Bruno Rafie

Costumes

Angelo Barsetti

Photography

George Krump

Contributing Dancers (creation process)

Miriah Brennan
Tom Casey
Sophie Corriveau
Alejandro De Leon
Mark Eden-Towle
Marie Claire Forté
Alanna Kraaijeveld
Maude Lapointe
Bernard Martin
Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse
Sarah Williams

  Technical rider

Click here to access the technical rider of the site-specific version of Série Solos


Photo 1 > Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld (promotionnal image, 2011) / credit: Louise Bédard
Photo 2 > Michel F. Côté, Louise Bédard [Cholet, 2011] / credit: George Krump
Photo 3 > Alanna Kraaijeveld, Marie Claire Forté [park Lafontaine, 2011] / credit: George Krump
Photo 4 > Bernard Martin, Mark Eden-Towle, Alanna Kraaijeveld [park Lafontaine, 2011] / credit: George Krump
Photo 5 > Georges-Nicolas Tremblay, Miriah Brennan, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Mark Eden-Towle [Quartier des spectacles, Montréal, 2012] / credit: George Krump