Festival TransAmériques presents

ODE, by Catherine Gaudet

Ten performers, hand in hand like a chain of paper dolls, form a pop-pagan procession. Their bliss is divine: you want to sink into their idyllic world, bask in the same sunshine. But just as you want them to keep going forever, the devious mind of choreographer Catherine Gaudet reveals something disturbing within this simple landscape, a place where everything is ruled by the imperative to be happy.

ODE surfaces from the dank basement of Les jolies choses, Gaudet’s last piece that took the dance world by storm. What should have stayed hidden in the perfect shadows re-emerges. What is the price we pay to maintain the image of collective harmony? Without flinching, Gaudet and her team take aim at false pretenses. Slowly and steadily, the performers’ hands start to twitch, the choir grows hoarse, the tipping point is activated and pursued. An example of collective possession in its most arresting form.

A regular FTA collaborator since she created Au sein des plus raides vertus in 2014, Catherine Gaudet has made her mark with sophisticated works whose gestural virtuosity and physical elation immerse the audience in the psychological depths of existence.

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 3:00pm – Meet the artists after the performance
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 8:00pm

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