Festival Quartiers Danses presents

Samuel Tétreault / Louise Bédard / Charles Brecard

Written by the tightrope dancer Samuel Tétreault, the piece goes beyond acrobatic virtuosity to explore the introspective process and reflect on the nature of balance. In an imaginary restricted space within the clutter of our individual and collective subconscious, the solo questions our need for control and stability and our desire for abandonment and freedom.

“As a tightrope walker, I have been practicing staying still for over 30 years. Yet, I have been fascinated with dance, aka the art of movement, since the beginning of my professional career. Dance is the necessary antithesis in the endless search for perfect balance, and a burning desire to move and revel in dancing has always been a part of me. I continually explore dialogue opportunities between dance and balance, trying to develop and perfect a hybrid language integrating both disciplines.” – Samuel Tétreault

The solo Odalisca, by Louise Bédard, was inspired by the languorous postures of women painted by Ingres and Delacroix. The choreography reveals the sensuality exuded by the dancing male body, to the beat of the Eight Whiskus music piece, composed by John Cage. It includes a remixed version by Sutja Guitterez, with the voice of Joan La Barbara, and a violin version interpreted by Aisha Orazbayeva. The choreography contains multiple visual and musical layers, appealing to impulsive sensibilities.

Louise Bédard is passionate about creating, whether it relates to movement, space, music, etc. She draws her inspiration from the physical interactions between dancers, highlighting the elegance of the body with authenticity and truthfulness. She particularly enjoys choreographing solos.

A soliloquy is a self-discourse, the act of talking to oneself. In Solilquy, the performer meanders through their thoughts, pushing themselves to face their emotions, questions, and fears. Throughout their introspection, they are escorted by a skeleton representing the remains of humanity. The pessimistic and almost fatalistic tone is contrasted with humour, joy, and honesty. Charles Brecard aspires to stimulate our inner fantasy world while questioning one’s own tendency to denial, inviting the audience to challenge the status quo, take action and express opinions.

“My artistic approach is mostly defined as the quest for movements that are readable, raw, fluid, spontaneous, and aesthetically different. My FLUIDIFY dance practice has driven me to develop a rich gestural vocabulary – based on a powerful physicality rooted and inspired by the different types of dances I have experienced – while including such notions as flow and anti-delicateness. In my opinion, dance is a spiritual journey, a way to dedicate oneself to something bigger and let go of one’s ego.” – Charles Brecard

Duration: 25 min (Samuel Tétreault) / Intermission / 13 min (Louise Bédard) / 25 min (Charles Brécard)

Studio-Théâtre de l’Édifice Wilder
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:00pm

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The FQD celebrates its 20th anniversary with a local, national and international edition

For its 20th edition, the Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) presents 20 indoors performances from September 7 to 18, 2022! With 6 international companies and 11 local companies, the performances will be presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, at Salle Bourgie of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Studio-Théâtre des Grands Ballets Canadiens / Wilder Building.

For a 4th consecutive year, this 20th edition of FQD is dedicated to women by bringing together 10 women choreographers out of the 17 national and international choreographers invited. Moreover, the FQD is honored to have as co-spokespersons for its 20th edition the two renowned dance artists Margie Gillis and Anik Bissonnette.