J’y suis proposes a dance production that exploits the singularities of each venue, large or small, to connect with audiences and lure them into Louise Bédard’s poetic and effervescent world of movement.
Using both the site-specific and the traditional stage experience, J’y suis thrives on the bond that is gradually woven with the audience – from the hall to the stage area – turning each spectator into an engaged witness of the action: minimalist to grand. J’y suis means I’m here, and being here involves the audience as much as the dancers.
Louise Bédard and her collaborators took advantage of eleven weeks of creation in seven venues of Montreal’s presenting network, thanks to the outstanding support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal residency program. From August 2012 to January 2013, during these residencies, the company held more than ten outreach activities, mostly public rehearsals, reaching more than 500 people. While the company explored the particularity of each space, the invited public set its eyes on the developing work, and shared with candor their first reactions: heartfelt, touching and so valuable. These meetings offered the artists many inspiring occasions to put forth their ideas and intuitions with an audience, before moving elsewhere for a new phase of creation.
December 4, 2013 - simplify version with two dancers, Les Aperçus - Parcours Danse 2013, Maison des arts de Laval, Laval
March 16, 2013 - Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montréal
March 14, 2013 - Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montréal
February 7, 2013 - Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal
February 5, 2013 - Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
February 2, 2013 - Théâtre Le Grand Sault, Montréal
January 31, 2013 - Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
January 30, 2013 - Salle Émile-Legault, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Montréal
January 25, 2013 - Maison de la culture Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Montréal
Year of creation : 2012
Running time : 80 minutes
Artistic direction and choreography : Louise Bédard
Performers : Mark Eden-Towle, Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld and Bernard Martin
Music : Michel F. Côté
Lighting : Bruno Rafie
Costumes : Angelo Barsetti
Technical direction : Émilie Gendron
Découvrir, avec plaisir l’écriture de Louise Bédard. Sa gestuelle raffinée, nerveuse et ultra rapide, faite de torsions et de cassures du tronc qui entraînent une utilisation singulière des membres dans l’espace, l’humour, la complicité. [..] Un mouvement pur donné en partage.
Aline Apostolska, La Presse - 3 février 2013