Bourgie Hall presents as part of Festival Quartiers Danses

Jeanne Renaud, in collaboration with Louise Bédard and Marc Boivin

Feldman/Renaud Project

A hypnotizing piano piece by Morton FELDMAN inspires this choreography for two dancers. A ritual of sound in movement that invites contemplation, created by a pioneer of modern dance in Quebec.

Jeanne Renaud, choreography

A pioneer of modern dance in Quebec, Jeanne Renaud was part of Les Automatistes art movement led by Paul-Émile Borduas. On April 3, 1948, five months before the publication of Refus global, she premiered, along with Françoise Sullivan, the famous Spectacle de danse at Ross House. Some time later, she co-founded with her friend Françoise Riopelle the École de danse moderne de Montréal, then in 1966, she founded the Groupe de la Place Royale. She went on to launch Galerie III, a space devoted to the visual arts, and became Co-Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens from 1985 to 1987. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998 and a Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, ten years later. From 2010 to 2019, she collaborated with Mario Côté on several video productions presented at Montreal’s Festival international du film sur l’art (FIFA). After her most recent work with this important collaborator, she created the duet with Louise Bédard and Marc Boivin to the music of American composer Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus.

Louise Bédard, dance

Louise Bédard initially made her mark as a performer through contact with several contemporary choreographers before becoming a creator of new choreographic works herself. Her company Louise Bédard Danse celebrated its 30 years of existence in 2020. Her choreographic language, noted by many for its finesse, blends with a desire to depict human beings in the full spectrum of their strength and fragility. Her multifaceted expertise has brought her closer in her work to the essence of movement, creating personal meaning and space that frees her imagination. This recipient of various awards was also a finalist in 2006 and 2016 for the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal. In 2018, she won the Performer of the Year Award of the Prix de la danse de Montréal. She is co-founder of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, an organization devoted to research and creation in contemporary dance. Louise Bédard has been involved in several projects in recent years, including Jeanne Renaud’s work inspired by the music of Morton Feldman.

Marc Boivin, dance

A dancer, improviser, and teacher, Marc Boivin began his career with the Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham. In 1985, he joined forces with Ginette Laurin and her budding company O Vertigo Danse, performing Laurin’s choreographies and completing several tours throughout Canada, the USA, and Europe. Since 1991, he has danced for several local and international choreographers, including Louise Bédard, Mélanie Demers, and Sylvain Émard, and since 2007, he has performed his own choreographic works, including R.A.F.T. 70 , Impact, and Une idée sinon vraie…. Affiliated with the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal since 1987, he teaches and choreographs regularly in various institutions and organizations throughout Canada. In 1999, Marc Boivin was awarded the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts and in 2014, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for his performance alongside Kate Holden in the piece WOULD, a choreography by Mélanie Demers.

Claudia Chan, piano

Proclaimed the “New Ambassador for New Music’’ after winning the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, Canadian pianist Claudia Chan was named Artist-in-Residence for contemporary music at the Fondation Royaumont (France) from 2017-20, was profiled by the CBC and Huffington Post for her work in contemporary music, and founded the award-winning quartet BRuCH in Germany. Chan is the dedicatee of many works, including a piano concerto by Lisa Streich, which she premiered with the WDR Sinfonieorchester. She performs solo and chamber recitals, gives masterclasses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been heard on the CBC, Radio France, and all major German radio stations. Recently, Chan was appointed music director of Georg Friedrich Haas’ new chamber opera at the Konzert Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2022. She studied with Elaine Kruse, John Perry, David Louie, Florence Millet, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Since 2018, Chan has been part of the piano faculty at the University for Music in Cologne, Germany.

FELDMAN For Bunita Marcus

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