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The Pretty Things

October 20 and 21

Five bodies move to the rhythm of a metronome. Their mechanical gestures are endlessly reprised, the machine runs wild and demands their absolute compliance. With her ripened artistic language, choreographer Catherine Gaudet seeks a space within bodies where desires can be reborn despite the burden of constriction.

This seemingly harmless collective score, with its orderly routes, gives off a scent of cheap veneer that will soon end up cracking. Attuned to the conflicting throbbing of her era, Gaudet surrounds herself with her loyal collaborators to explore the false pretenses of the show business apparatus. After a while, repetition reveals itself to be the troublemaker among the dancers-turned-instrumentalists. It pushes open the whistling valve to release the excess vapour of salted bodies. Indeed, de-pressure is the flip side of grandiosity. Here, the risk of tastelessness is all too real, but necessary in order to maintain balance.

Catherine Gaudet began her dance career working for various choreographers before turning her attention to her own choreographic research in 2004. Her works have been presented in Québec, France, Denmark and Belgium. Catherine Gaudet completed both her bachelor’s degree and her masters in contemporary dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is among the creative minds behind the new Centre de creation O Vertigo, together with Mélanie Demers, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Ginette Laurin. She is an associate creator at Daniel Léveillé Danse (DLD) since February 2018, and receives its development and touring support. Catherine Gaudet is a founding member and co-director of Lorganisme and she is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.

A creation by Catherine Gaudet / Performers at creation Dany Desjardins, James Phillips, Caroline Gravel, Stacey Désilier, Lauren Semeschuk / Music Antoine Berthiaume / Assistant dramaturge and rehearsal director Sophie Michaud / Lighting design Hugo Dalphond / Costume design Marilène Bastien / Substitute interpretar for the first broadcast Lauren Semescuk
Production Compagnie Catherine Gaudet / Co-production Festival TransAmériques + Agora de la danse + Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen + Réseau CanDance (Toronto) + Centre national des Arts (Ottawa) + Harbourfront Center (Toronto) + DLD-Daniel Léveillé Danse / Creative Residencies DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse + Agora de la danse / Development DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse
Catherine Gaudet is a member of Circuit-Est center de chorégraphie (Montreal)