Star dancer of Édouard Lock’s La La La Human Steps from 1981 to 1999 and heralded as “the Madonna of contemporary dance” by The Washington Post, 56 year old Louise Lecavalier is a force of nature known worldwide for her artistic stamina, power and grace, birthing a movement style unlike any other. The first Canadian to win a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award in 1985 for Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel, presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Lecavalier returns to present the New York City premiere of her first extended piece of choreography, So Blue.
Recently awarded Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, So Blue was conceived and choreographed by Lecavalier with assistance from collaborator France Bruyère. With an intensely rhythmic soundtrack featuring Montréal composer and atypical world-music artist Mercan Dede, the work is performed by Lecavalier and Frédéric Tavernini, the “host of corporeal seismic shifts” (Fjord Review). The movement is inspired by simple, everyday gestures infused with speed, repetition, abstraction and theatricality. With stark, cool lighting by collaborator Alain Lortie, So Blue is rife with “the still-riveting power of Lecavalier's dancing” (The Guardian), showcasing her “veritable font of jaw-dropping inspiration” (Fjord Review).
Production: Fou Glorieux, in co-production with: tanzhaus nrw (DuÌˆsseldorf); Théâtre de la Ville (Paris); Hellerau (Dresden); National Arts Centre (Ottawa); Festival TransAmériques (Montreal); Creative Residency: Szene Salzburg Fou Glorieux is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Montreal Arts Council.