URBANIA BOX is an urban allegory seen through the distorted vision of a keyhole. It is also a box, which content we cannot imagine. With one hand we playfully open and close its cover, while with the other, juggling with the deeply hidden secrets it withholds.
Daring and unbridled, the work juxtaposes delightfully incongruous tableaux that form a complex entanglement of human stories. Flashes of light against a shadowy background, six skilled and versatile dancers, unexpected means of expression; URBANIA BOX uncovers a surprising and fascinating universe. In her typically unpredictable ways, Louise Bédard exposes the unforeseen and unsettles our expectations with lightheartedness and humor.
Agora de la danse, Maison de la culture de Rivière-des-Prairies, Maison de la culture de Villeray, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Cowichan Community Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, The Brian Webb Dance Company
Year of creation : 1999
Running time : 100 minutes
Choreography : Louise Bédard
Original performers : Marc Boivin, Christine Charles, AnneBruce Falconer, Jaqueline Lemieux, Luc Ouellette, Guy Trifiro
Performers (reprise) : Christine Charles, Marie-Josée Chartier, Tony Chong, Ella Christina Fiskum, Michael Trent, Daniel Villeneuve
Original music : Robert Marcel Lepage
Costumes and make up : Angelo Barsetti
Original Lighting : Lucie Bazzo
Lighting (reprise) : Bruno Rafie
URBANIA BOX is poetic quicksand, the Pandora’s Box of the soul. It’s an elusive, essential place of all time and no time, of light and shadow, of dissolving memories that tease and trounce, and of sadness that masquerades as joy.
La Gazette, Montréal - 1999
Louise Bédard will always amaze us. This prolific artist has demonstrated a rare talent for generating ideas, movement combinations and imaginary universes… URBANIA BOX displays indisputably the artist’s capacity of creating impressive new images and worlds.
Le Devoir, Montréal - 1999
URBANIA BOX tickles us, makes us smile, without ignoring the little sufferings that torment us. And with her touch of lightheartedness, Louise Bédard reminds us that in this excessive world, there is also beauty.
La Presse, Montréal - 1999