Original cast: Alejandro De Leon, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, José Navas, Mira Peck, Eldon Pulak, David Rancourt, Chanti Wadge, Jamie Wright
Music: Erik Satie (Gnossiennes, Gymnopédies)
Piano: Claire Chevallier
Lighting: Marc Parent
Costumes: José Navas/Compagnie Flak
Photos: Michael Slobodian
Length: 50 minutes
Premiere: December 10, 2008; December Dance ‘08 Festival (Concertgebouw in Bruges, Belgium)
Commissioning partners: Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, Centennial Theatre (through La danse sur les routes du Québec), Canada Dance Festival, and The CanDance Network.
Dancing the silence. Inhabiting the long phrases of the music of Erik Satie. Inhabiting the space, living it like a white page on which movement inscribes itself with the precision and energy of calligraphy. With S, his first piece for the large stage, José Navas evokes human nature through the expression of pure movement. Eight dancers, stunning in their presence and vulnerability, present a choreography structured like a musical score. The choreographer likens these men and women to instruments crafted by Stradivarius. These virtuosos satisfy the highest technical demands, making the most formal movement personal and dramatic. An abstract and organic work. An encounter with grace.
The presentations of S are generally preceded by the short solo Villanelle, performed to the Cum dederit delectis suis somnum ANDANTE by Antonio Vivaldi