Solitudes Duo
Daniel Léveillé
Tuesday, October 3
LSPU Hall, 8pm

Photo by Denis Farley of Simon Renaud and Justin Gionet

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Solitudes Duo

Daniel Léveillé has made his mark on stages all over the world with radical, impossible choreographies. With Solitudes solo (FTA, 2014) he revealed a surprising gentleness, and now he is back with Solitudes duo, a remarkably romantic and sensual piece tinged with a dash of humour.

Zoom in on the couple –- masculine, feminine, mixed, one duo after another. Identities are merged or preserved in the immaculate whiteness of a restricted space, freedom is to be found within the constraints of a relationship. With rolling hips and coiled thighs, bodies embrace and take flight in acrobatic and tender lifts only to collapse under the weight of being scorned. Compatible confidantes converge in the mirror. The nature of their connection can be seen in their eyes, in the tension of the flesh, the quality of contact. Modesty, passion, indifference, affection and lust are expressed to the sound of Bach, the harpsichord and pop-rock of the 1970s. Strength, grace and emotion blend together in the technique of demanding dance, much to the spectator’s delight. (source: Fabienne Cabado for Festival TransAmériques)

Choreography: Daniel Léveillé
Dancers at the creation: Mathieu Campeau, Ellen Furey, Esther Gaudette, Justin Gionet, Brianna Lombardo, Emmanuel Proulx, Simon Renaud
Light design: Marc Parent
Music: Jean-Sébastien Bach, Pancrace Royer
Costumes: Geneviève Lizotte
Rehearsal director: Sophie Corriveau
Production: Daniel Léveillé Danse
Coproduction: CanDance Creation Funds (Canada); Festival TransAmériques (Canada); Kinosaki International Arts Centre (Japan); Theater im Pumpenhaus (Germany); Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape/Yuval Pick (France); Agora de la Danse (Canada); Brian Webb Dance cie (Canada); National Arts Centre (Canada); CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (France); Studio Bizz (Canada).
With the support of: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Council for the Arts.

A well known Montréal choreographer and dance teacher, Daniel Léveillé exclusively holds an original position on the Canadian contemporary dance scene. Over the past 40 years, he has created more than thirty works performed by talented dancers, thus contributing to the evolution of this living art form. In 2001, Amour, acide et noix confirms his reputation on the international scene in a spectacular way. He then presented The Modesty of the Icebergs (2004) and Twilight of the Oceans (2007), the two others works of his trilogy Anatomy of the imperfection. With these works, he develops a style made of repetitions and short movements, he creates choreographies that reach the borders of the impossible, that help to reveal the beauty of the human being in all his imperfections and he chooses nudity as the only possible costume in order to avoid any possible dissimulation. Solitudes Solo (2012) marks the beginning of a new cycle of creation, made of more fluid gestures and the return of a costume other than nudity, that eloquently reaffirms that we can do and say a lot with just a few things. This new cycle continues with Solitudes Duo (2015).

Press Quotes

“With admirable mastery, Daniel Léveillé signs here a deliberately stripped choreography, but never simplistic, which revolves around an immediately comprehensible vocabulary.” – Lucie Renaud, Revue Jeu (Canada)

“The art of Solitudes Duo consists in containing, suggesting and summarizing all potentialities – from Cubism to the Bauhaus, from circus sequins to erotic cabarets – while never being vulnerable to being pigeonholed.” – Thomas Hahn, Danser Canal Historique (France)

“Léveillé has created another masterful work with his signature style (…) Stripped dance back to its essence, removing all artifice, Léveillé creates a piece of great beauty that celebrates the human condition.” – Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage (Canada)