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 Post subject: Montreal round-up
PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2000 3:15 am 
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Lots of dance happenings in Montreal this week:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Cool, dry, sometimes engaging, and occasionally even mesmerizing, Lynda Gaudreau's Document 2 is inordinately articulate. The second volume of her EncyclopÏdia project, Document 2 is a clearly conceived and executed yet detached compilation of abstracted movement as inspired by everyday activities.<P>Focused like researchers on their tasks, Compangie De Brune dancers Sarah Doucet and Mark Eden-Towle go about their business of creating shapes with their bodies in a remote, almost sullen, fashion. They fold and unfold pleats of paper fabric flooring like phyllo pastry, perform on it, and then move it to another space.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P> <A HREF="http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/001006/4642514.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/001006/4642514.html</A> <P>Linda Howe-Beck interviews Wim Vandekeybus as his company comes to Montreal:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Wim Vandekeybus's voice crackles with the same boundless energy, sense of conflict and affability that he makes visual on stage. Only seconds into a transatlantic telephone interview, the density, speed and intense urgency he invests in every thought make me wish I were using my tape recorder.<P>Like a runaway train, the Flemish choreographer-director Vandekeybus plunges into a discourse on his working methods, inspirations, images. <P>"I like to work with this black hole in the head," he says, his easy, direct manner and gentle accent defraying the effect of what could be a frightening image.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <A HREF="http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000930/4608296.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000930/4608296.html</A> <P><BR>Suzanne Miller's 'Jewels' is unsatisfactory, but other parts do work.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000930/4608137.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000930/4608137.html</A> <P>Oh, no! Not more of them!!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A naked man lies splayed out on the stairs at the feet of people queuing to enter the theatre. It is instantly clear that the audience is to meet an alien culture operating according to quite different rules. Art meets anthropology.<P>Benoit Lachambre is well known for his mix of dance, visual and performance art and improvisation, and for his ability to fascinate and discomfit audiences. His new choreography, Confort et Complaisance, created with the members of his company Par B. L. Eux, is no exception.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000929/4600446.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.montrealonline.com/performArts/pages/000929/4600446.html</A> <P>


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 Post subject: Re: Montreal round-up
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2000 11:17 am 
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I'm sorry to read that Suzanne Miller's piece was not well received. She had a dance-theatre piece in the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver two years ago that I really liked... Image On a side note I would hesitate to call a piece "Jewels," because of the Balanchine reference. I would almost expect to see a Suzanne Farrel-type on stage, which, according to the review, isn't the case in this show. Is that too critical to expect a choreographer to have some knowledge of dance history or is the title irrelevant anyway in the context of a modern dance performance?


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