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Contemporary dance for circus artists 

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Contemporary dance for circus artists
© Marilène Bastien
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Dates

January 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2021
Schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
[ 8-hour workshop]

Registration deadline

January 12, 2021

Language

French

Maximum number of participants

11

Cost

Subsidized Rate: 47.50$
Actual Value: 318.20$

In order to be eligible for the subsidized rate, participants must reside in Quebec and either be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,or hold a work permit (open or closed). In addition, they must have one of the following employment statuses: Self-employed individual or Support for Self-Employment Measure, employee of a non-profit organization or a company whose payroll does not exceed $2,000,000, recipient of Employment Insurance or Social Assistance, recipient of an employment integration measure, or unemployed.

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 Description 

Adapted to the circus arts, this training proposes an exploration of the practices inherent to contemporary dance. Through technical exercises, learning excerpts from the repertoire and improvisation exercises, participants will be invited to deepen their quality of movement and execution as well as their kinesthetic perceptions.  The notions of stage presence and sharing (with one's audience, with one's collaborators) will be greatly discussed.

This workshop is developed for circus artists from different regions of Quebec.

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 Trainer 

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After studying theater and then circus at the National Circus School of Montreal, Manuel Roque began his career at Cirque Eloize, then made a career transition to dance. A plural artist, he immerses himself as much in the playful worlds of Hélène Langevin, a dance company for young audiences, as he does in the more formalist aesthetics of Dominique Porte, Sylvain Emard, Paul-André Fortier or Peter James' theatricality. For three years he collaborated with the Compagnie Marie Chouinard where he performed the company's repertoire and participated in the creation of Orphée et Eurydice. He received a Gemini Award for the television recording of Body-remix / Goldberg- variation. He also dances the solo Les Feux dans la Nuit at Théâtre La Chapelle in May 2011.

Since then, Manuel Roque has been developing independently within his own company. His solo bang bang, created at the Les Subsistances laboratory (Lyon) in 2017, earned him the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for best choreographic work of the 2016-2017 season as well as the Prix de la danse de Montréal, Performer category (2017).

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 Workshop outline 

Day 1 :
Learning of a long warm-up that will be repeated in every class. 
Theoretical introduction to the notion of SYSTEM: fluidity, mechanics, density, kinesthetic virtuosity and freedom of the performer. 
Learning of a choreographic excerpt related to this notion. 
Discussion and exchanges on the material learned.

Day 2 :
Warm-up
Exploration of physicality: biomechanics, extreme joints and fluidity. Learning a choreographic excerpt related to this physicality.
Discussion on the notion of freedom of the performer. Is one freer when the choreographic material is written or when there is a place for improvisation (System)? Why is this? How to develop both skills?

Day 3 : 
Warm-up
Theoretical notion and discussion on the subject.
Deepening of the notions of weight, amplitude of movement and rhythmic complexity. 
Crazy Dance improvisation exercise based on duration, repetition, trance and physical integrity.

Day 4 : 
Warm-up
Theoretical concept, discussions and exchanges. 
Learning of a choreographic extract from a repertoire: movement voluntarily, extremely and simply repetitive. How to remain interested and invested in movement repetition? How to make the experience exciting for the audience with a voluntarily simple material. 
Exchanges on the whole training.

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 Location 

Maison pour la danse de Québec dans le studio C
336 Rue du Roi, Quebec (QC) G1K 2W5

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