Frédérick Gravel

Usually Beauty Fails

June 4, 2016, 7:30pm NAC Theatre

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Usually Beauty Fails

Usually Beauty Fails

Photo: Denis Farley

Usually Beauty Fails

Usually Beauty Fails

Photo: Denis Farley

Usually Beauty Fails

Usually Beauty Fails

Photo: Denis Farley

Frédérick Gravel ignites bodies and explodes the stage in Usually Beauty Fails, an audacious integration of popular culture and performance art. With six dancers and three musicians, the irreverent Montreal-based dancer, musician and choreographer creates a space where dance, performance and thunderous live concert are interwoven into a visceral experience.

Like Gravel’s previous works, Usually Beauty Fails was created in close collaboration with the dancers and musicians of Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup. In this surrealist and unbridled metaphor on our relation to beauty, Gravel creates an intensely physical exploration of everyday movement. The dancer’s combinations of physical restraint and furious motion collide with their charming sweetness and casual bravado to produce an invigorating work that challenges our perspectives on dance, beauty and society itself.

NOTE: Contains nudity

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Usually Beauty Fails was co-produced by Danse Danse in collaboration with Place des Arts (Montréal), Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), Moving in November (Helsinki), Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Société de la Place des Arts (Montreal), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal), and Centre Segal (Montreal), with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Council for the Arts.

“Clearly, Gravel is heading for greatness on the Canadian dance scene.”

Paula Citron, Globe & Mail

“… ballet, crossed with improv, crossed with a drunken orangutan - in the best possible way.”

Seattle Dances

“… a raw beauty that puzzles the mind and fills the eye.”

Df Danse

“The creator of Gravel Works invented a genre which made him, after Dave St-Pierre, the darling of contemporary dance milieu. (…) Eyes and ears are both nurtured, with musicians and dancers who ignite the stage.”

La Presse

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