Anne Plamondon Productions

Counter Cantor & Only You

2022-04-21 20:00 2022-04-23 22:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Anne Plamondon Productions

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Known for her versatility, supple elegance, and exquisite form as a dancer with some of the world’s greatest choreographers, Anne Plamondon is equally impressive as a creator of intelligent, fluid and deeply moving works. As star performer with Kidd Pivot and with RUBBERBANDance Group— of which she was also artistic co-director with Victor Quijada—she honed her choreographic voice while contributing to a remarkable series of artistic projects. Anne’s work is personal...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
April 21 - 23, 2022

≈ 1 hour 38 minutes · With intermission

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Hailed as one of Canada’s most stunning performers, Anne Plamondon has channeled her sensitivity and grace into her choreographic compositions. First presented by NAC Dance in 2014 and having performed on our stages over many years with Kidd Pivot/Crystal Pite, Anne returns tonight with two original duets that are bursting with creativity. In Only You, performed with James Gregg¸ Anne delves into the fragility of human relationships; in Counter Cantor, conceived with the inimitable Emma Portner, performers Amara Barner and Belinda McGuire deliver a raw physicality that is both poignant and direct. Alongside these intimate duets, Anne’s artistic trajectory includes larger ensemble works for her dancers and other companies. Hers is a voice we’ll hear often over the next years. 


We would like to recognize the Algonquin Nation, on whose traditional unceded territory the National Arts Centre is located. We gratefully acknowledge them as the past, present and future stewards of this land.


Counter Cantor (20 minutes)
- - - Intermission - - -
Only You (60 minutes)

Counter Cantor

Angles and sinew. Impact and grace. Fierce individuality and delicate symbiosis. A Fall for Dance North commission, this collaboration between Anne Plamondon and Emma Portner transcends the frame of a duet – and the artists’ difference in age. “Our goal is to collaborate in the most open-minded and in-forceful way, giving space to a new way of creating as solo artists,” they write. Artists, women, human beings. No rules, no preconceptions. When they dance, there is nothing else.

A Fall for Dance North Festival commission, Counter Cantor was offered creative residencies by Danse à la carte & L.A. Dance Project.


Choreography: Anne Plamondon, Emma Portner
Performers: Amara Barner, Belinda McGuire
Music: Olivier Fairfield, Dustin O’Hallora, Travis Lake
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter, Nicolas Descôteaux
Videography: Robin Pineda Gould
Assistants to the choreographer: Paco Ziel, Alisia Pobega

Only You

Only You probes the relationship of two beings engaged in a passionate struggle: craving comfort and redemption, they engage in a touching, frantic quest for an impossible dialogue. Our incapacity to truly and deeply understand each other despite our individual needs and desires becomes the leitmotiv that guides the whole piece, making (in)communication its actual subject. The inevitable vicious circles of human misunderstandings provide Anne with a rich, universal choreographic material.


Choreography: Anne Plamondon
Performers: Anne Plamondon, James Gregg
Sound design: Olivier Fairfield, with additional music by Ezio Bosso, Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason, Nina Simone, Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington
Lighting Design: Nicolas Descôteaux
Costume design: Marilène Bastien
Set design: Marilène Bastien & Anne Plamondon, and the work of visual artist Hua Jin
Dramaturgy: Mathieu Leroux & Anne Plamondon
Assistants to the choreographer: Paco Ziel, Alisia Pobega
Technical direction: Pierre Lavoie
Production direction: Rachel Locas

Co-productions: CanDance Creation Fund, Danse Danse, La Rotonde, National Arts Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Jacob’s Pillow, Centre Chorégraphique National de Nantes

Support: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Centre de Création O Vertigo, Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Maison pour la danse de Québec


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    Choreographer and performer, Counter Cantor & Only You Anne Plamondon
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    Choreographer, Counter Cantor Emma Portner
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    Performer Amara Barner
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    Performer Belinda McGuire
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    Performer James Gregg

NAC Dance team

Cathy Levy, Executive Producer  
Tina Legari, Associate Producer  
Mireille Nicholas, Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Producer 
Sophie Anka, Company Manager 

Siôned Watkins, Education Associate and Teaching Artist 
Brian Britton, Technical Director 
Julie Gunville, Communications Strategist  
Chatelaine Rindorindo, Marketing Strategist

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