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Rather a Ditch – Clara Furey and Céline Bonnier


La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Montréal


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« To die….to go into the darkness…if it is darkness…to go to the river …if it is a river…but alone and without the illusion of love…naked and disastrously free… » – Howard Barker

Echoing Steve Reich’s hypnotic Different Trains, which questions the duality and fragility of our destinies, Clara Furey responds to the invitation of Olivier Bertrand as part of the first Montreal edition of Project ALBUM and creates Rather a Ditch, a piece where several “existential dance experiments” explore the porosity between life and death.

Céline Bonnier slides from one state to another and explores interior landscapes, finding radiance in an enveloping darkness. Through the lines of space and sound in dialogue with a scenery denoted by an imposing fragility, imagined by Caroline Monnet, the choreographer creates a language both figurative and abstract where the most elementary gestures are reconsidered.

Originale idea – Olivier Bertrand
Concept and Artistic Direction – Clara Furey
Co-creation and performance – Céline Bonnier
Sonic Conception – Jean-François Blouin
Sonic Research – Ida Toninato
Set Design – Caroline Monnet
Costume Design – Michèle Hamel
Lighting Design – Karine Gauthier
Lighting Design Assistant – Tim Rodrigues
Technical Direction – Maude Bernier
Outside Eyes – Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes
Production – Clara Furey
Executive Production – Par B.L.eux
Distribution – Par B.L.eux
Partners and Creation Support – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (CSC) de Bassano del Grappa, Danse à la Carte, La Chapelle – Scènes contemporaines, Par B.L.eux
Co-production – Festival TransAmériques, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of Conseil des Arts du Canada and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec