Curator and Choreographer: Isabelle Van Grimde
Assistant Choreographer: Soula Trougakos
Performers: Marie Brassard, Sophie Breton, Robin Poitras, Soula Trougakos, Brian Webb
Visual & Media Artists: Derek Besant, Brennan/Caulfield/Mills, Kate Craig, Nadia Myre, Marilène Oliver, Monique Régimbald-Zeiber
Music: Thom Gossage
Architect and Set Design: Anick La Bissonnière, in association with Éric O. Lacroix
Lighting Design: Lucie Bazzo
Essays: Dr. Cristian Berco & Dr Dawna Gilchrist
Visual Arts Advisory Committee: Louise Déry & Kitty Scott in association with Brian Webb Dance Company
Premiere: May 29, 2012
Commissioning Partners: Festival TransAmériques, The Brian Webb Dance Company, Canada Dance Festival, Festival Danse, Centennial Theatre (through La Danse sur les routes du Quebec), and The CanDance Network
The interviews compiled in this study, entitled The Body in Question, have created a complete choreographic corpus in which the very meaning of dance and gesture becomes more and more refined as our understanding of the human body gains in depth. The primal body of our origins and instincts enters into a dialogue with the body of the future, a sum of energetic vibrations subjected to the influences of an environment in perpetual mutation. In offering this theoretical and gestural matter as a source of inspiration to visual and media artists, Isabelle Van Grimde takes on the role of an exhibit curator, and delves further into the transposition, the transformation and even the deconstruction of her choreographic materials, in order to enhance the theme of the body. Echoing the creations of the invited artists, five solos developed from the same materials inhabit the space of the exhibit, which is also named The Body in Question. Through their thoughts and writings, several authors, philosophers, historians and anthropologists broaden perspectives on the overall process.
In each of her works, choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde attempts to uncover the secrets of the human body, evoking its numerous dimensions. She envisions each new piece as a mystery in action, keeping it alive by presenting it to the public in a context of open creation. Her collaborations with artists from others disciplines lead her to probe that mystery while enriching it, multiplying perceptions of the creation and its points of access. Driven by an unquenchable thirst for learning and an insatiable desire to break down the limits of her understanding, Isabelle Van Grimde has since 2004 researched perceptions of the body with many artists and intellectuals throughout the world.