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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2002 1:51 pm 
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Cast for Amélia
(from the TEATRO ARGENTINA WEBSITE)

Andrea Boardman, Nancy Gay Crowley, Mistaya Hemingway, Chun Hong Li, Zofia Tujaka, Bernard Martin, Jason Shipley-Holmes, William (Billy) Smith

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Lizzy Le Quesne - The Prague Post, October 16, 2002:
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La La La premieres a world-class work in Prague


And now, Amelia. The title was only recently confirmed, forcing posters and publicity to use the bland "New Creation." For the new work, Lock continues to use point-work and classically trained dancers, promising to further develop his fascination with speed, complexity and precision of gesture while pushing already-virtuosic dancers to the limits of their abilities.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2002 7:42 am 
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"One of the most revered living choreographers..."

Lock has done more than almost anyone to turn people onto Modern Dance, including me. The general view in England is that Lock's choreography works best in relatively short bursts and I would certainly be interested to see his piece for a Mixed Bill for Paris Opera Ballet. However, the full-length works have been poorly received by the critics, with a law of diminishing returns operating. To be fair though, the audience at "Salt" loved it lots.

How are "La La La" and Lock viewed in Canada these days, Marie?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2002 4:20 pm 
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I think they're viewed pretty much the same in Canada as the UK, Stuart. The last show here was Salt/Exaucé too, so it's been a while since they've been seen on stage...

ANDRE SWOBODA - Montreal Gazette, October 26, 2002:
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Canadians in Prague
Mixed response to La La La's megashow, Amelia ran nearly two hours without intermission, left many in the audience looking exhausted


Amelia had Lock's patented dance mixed with lighting effects, film and video, live vocal performance, and an original score by David Lang. Joining the nine dancers were a cellist, a violinist, a pianist and vocalist Alexandra Sweeton, who performed sombre lyrics by Lou Reed.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:24 am 
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Taking human steps in pointe shoes

By HEDY WEISS
The Chicago Sun-Times

Born in Casablanca in 1954, and transplanted early on to Montreal, Canada, choreographer Edouard Lock had his first encounter with dance in a university drama class at the age of 19. Two years later, he created his first piece for one of Quebec's most influential contemporary dance troupes. And by 1980 he had his own company, Lock-Danseurs, eventually changing the name to La La La Human Steps.

"I think it's difficult for dancers to work for a company that bears the name of a single person," said Lock, who frequently is involved in opera and film projects beyond his own company. "So I renamed it, inspired by my idea that dance is a structured language, but one without specific meaning. And I recalled my mother telling me that when I was 6 months old I would repeatedly say, 'la, la, la'."
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'Amelia' a wonder of minimal motion

By SID SMITH
The Chicago Tribune

Ballet can be fast and adventurous but in the hands of Canadian choreographer Edouard Lock it becomes revolutionary, as startling and provocative as any dance imaginable.

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In his 90-minute ballet "Amelia," performed Friday and Saturday by his Montreal troupe La La La Human Steps at the Harris Theater, presented by Performing Arts Chicago, Lock employs this seemingly limited form of contained motion as fodder for tour de force. Almost without exception, the nine dancers here enact their moves with little or no travel around or about the stage.
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La La La Human Steps "Amelia"

By HEDY WEISS
The Chicago Sun-Times

Strangely erotic yet emotionally arcane. Classically structured. At times hypnotic, at other times relentlessly repetitive. And always fiercely virtuosic.

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Presented by Performing Arts Chicago, "Amelia" is a multimedia work for nine ferociously disciplined dancers, a trio of musicians (on cello, violin and piano), and a vocalist (the beautifully expressive Nadine Medawar). Highly designed, it is distinguished by its black-on-black aesthetic that plays on notions of shadowy seduction, forbidden passion and a sex-and-death mentality -- with a spidery weblike scrim and panels (by set designer Stephane Roy), combined with bravura lighting effects by John Munro that pinpoint and sculpt the dancers, and at the same time make them appear almost disembodied.
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La La La Human Steps makes room for errors

By LUCIA MAURO
Special to The Chicago Tribune

With their high-decibel, high-speed blurring of movement, Montreal-based choreographer EdouardLock's dances have been compared to Jackson Pollock's paintings. But his multimedia pieces that push ballet into the extreme-sports realm are more in the pointillist vein--best viewed as a series of quick movements that come together to form a combined picture of human strength and frailty.
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La La La Human Steps opens at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight through Saturday with performances of Edouard Lock's "Amelia." Alexandra Hunt previews the performance in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040122/AMELIA22GTA//


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Sarah Hampson interviews Edouard Lock in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040124/HAMPSON24


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Susan Walker previews Amelia for the Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1075849809918

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Reviews from the Toronto press on Amelia.

Paula Citron in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040212/LALA12

William Littler in The Star:

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1076454612249


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Canadian Modern Dance Steps Onto Seoul Stage
By Yoon Ja-young for The Korea Times

A Canadian modern dance troupe as interesting as its name, La La La Human Steps, is to present ``Amelia'' on stage in Seoul. Originally scheduled to premiere here in 2002, the show was canceled due to injuries of the dancers. Local dance fans were more than disappointed but have another chance to enjoy the show.

Led by Edouard Lock, one of the most innovative choreographers of this time, La La La Human Steps is known for unique choreography based on powerful and swift movements of the body surpassing its physical limit, and has drawn fans around the world, including pop singers.

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The Ballerina Who Wore a Suit

by LIESL SCHILLINGER
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In "Amelia," beautiful, tall, androgynous dancers perform linked solos and duets at startling speed, with the precision of computer-generated images.

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Q. What was that like?

A. [ZOFIA TUJAKA] It was hard. With the younger girls, I was ashamed to be so far behind. But it made me feel like: "O.K., I can do better. I just have to work hard and catch up." But with the older girls, I felt behind in different ways. They were intimidating. They had more life experience than me. So I had to learn how to trust myself. It's this ongoing process, a constant struggle, gaining confidence and maintaining it.
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Remembrances of Amelia, or Should That Be Emile?

by JENNIFER DUNNING
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Edouard Lock was once the bad boy of French Canadian modern dance. You could depend on him for reckless high-speed physicality, nudity, gender play and punkish cool, along with spritzes of French Canadian chic and mixed media. Mr. Lock's "Amelia," performed by his La La La Human Steps company on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, suggests that he has grown up.
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