Cartes postales de ChimèrePublished on : November 22, 2018
With Cartes postales de Chimère, Louise Bédard made her mark in the dance world as both a dancer and choreographer, earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2015, she remounted the work, passing on her solo role to two reputed dancers—Isabelle Poirier and Lucie Vigneault—in order to further explore the colours and complexities of the piece. The new version of Cartes postales de Chimère reflects Louise Bédard’s desire to transmit Quebec’s contemporary dance heritage and keep it alive in our memory.
This solo work requires the dancers to draw on inner resources in order to offer audiences more than just a physical performance. It is a wonderful opportunity to reach further and convey a universal message. The woman on stage is both alone and accompanied by multiple versions of herself that span different cultures and time periods. In the first part of the performance, she expresses a lightness of spirit set to the music of Brahms. The “weight” of her body then marks out the path of her journey. Her attitude is both playful and down-to-earth. She is committed to speaking with her own voice, through her body.
Cartes postales de Chimère Choreographic Toolkit, 2016
Choreography by Louise Bédard, 1996
Toolkit based on the original idea of Ginelle Chagnon