“Plamondon delivered a performance of singular beauty ... the finest performance of the season.”” Cerys Wilson, The Rover, an Independent Review of Art and Culture (Montreal / Montréal)
- ≈ 50 minutes · No intermission
Co-production: National Arts Centre/Agora de la danse/Anne Plamondon
In this audacious first solo work, luminous dancer Anne Plamondon dares to take on the subject of mental illness. In collaboration with actress, author, and director Marie Brassard, she superimposes realities to offer an almost panoramic view of this gripping theme. She becomes, alternately, a lost man – a dislocated personality who manifests co-existing and successive abnormal states, verbal delirium, and incoherent behaviour – , and a woman, witness to the shipwreck, who sees the shimmering mirage of the line that separates insanity from “normality”. The dancer also incarnates the afflicted man’s fleeting memory of the person he was before tilting into madness. Touching in her fragility, she explores the grey zones that inhabit us and cause us suffering, the incomprehension of others, and the body, too small to contain limitless thought. In Les mêmes yeux que toi, she draws us, body and soul, into a poetic dance-theatre performance, inviting us to contemplate these troubling mental struggles.