Article in French.
Propelled by indomitable energy, 20 dancers are surrounded by fascinated spectators, witnesses to the intrinsic force of the group, of a mass movement taking shape.
Bodies freely respond to hypnotic, essential music, revelling, almost despite themselves, in spontaneous movement, guided by a subversive impulse. A manifestation, a convocation or a ritual, this communion of spirits strikes a powerful chord as it captivates.
Fascinated by discos and dance halls and convinced that dance responds to a fundamental, irrational human need, with this work the choreographer presents a snapshot of a society in constant upheaval.
A tribute to the liberating power of dance, Rhapsodie celebrates the visceral and instinctive side of our nature. While the dancers respond to the rhythm of the music with fervent, swirling movement, what emanates from these transfixed beings is the essence of humanity undergoing profound change.
A prolific and internationally respected artist, Sylvain Émard created his own dance company in 1990. Ever since Ozone, Ozone (1987), his first solo, up to Rhapsodie (2022), he has been exploring the territory of human nature through the force and strength of the body.
Over the past decade, Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard has won wide-spread acclaim for his work with large ensembles. Le Grand Continental is a unique piece Inspired by line dancing that featured 3,000 non-dancers in several performances across Canada, the United States, Mexico, South Korea, New Zealand, Chile, Germany and Austria, attracting some 125,000 spectators.
His repertoire now includes over thirty original pieces that have had a resounding impact all over the world. The quality of his artistic work has also given him the opportunity to collaborate as guest choreographer in theatre, opera and cinema. Sylvain Émard has received numerous prestigious awards, such as the Jean A. Chalmers Choreographic Award (1996). He is also co-founder of the Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $165,000 allowed Sylvain Émard Danse to stage a large ensemble and collaborate with an expanded creative team. This work also benefitted from a greater number of weeks of residencies.
Partners: Danse Danse (Montreal), CEPRODAC/Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (Mexico) and FringeArts (Philadelphia)
Sylvain Émard Danse receives support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
|Presented by Danse Danse||Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2022||Studio-Théâtre de l'édifice Wilder (Montréal)|
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|Presented by Sylvain Émard Danse (benefit performance)||Jun 4 2022||Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montréal)|