A turbulent force, a contemporary Amazon. TransAmériques

An “empty armour full of ideals” is how the German weekly Der Spiegel described Italo Calvino’s parodic figure of the “knight who didn’t exist”. Pedantry, sense of duty, perfection – are all staged by the Canadian star dancer. From head to toe in black, the unforgettably nimble punk of contemporary ballet still has us wondering where her furious limbs are at, even at the age of 58. Uncoupled? Held flat? Shuddering with fear? In any case: always precise. Whether with or without a partner: always at the ready. For our big and small battles.

As a brilliant master of dance techniques and a devoted artist, Louise Lecavalier from Québec evolved from 1981 to 1999 to a celebrated icon of the Canadian company La La La Human Steps and received coveted prizes including the New York Bessie Award. In 2006 she founded her own company and began creating choreographies. In 2014 she received the Governor Award in Montréal for her lifetime achievement.

Choreography: Louise Lecavalier

Performance: Louise Lecavalier, Robert Abubo

Choreographic assistence: France Bruyère

Composition, live music: Antoine Berthiaume

Additional music: Steve Roach

Light design: Alain Lortie

Costume design: Yso

Co-production: Fou Glorieux, tanzhaus nrw, HELLERAU European Center for the Arts Dresden, le CENTQUATRE, Festival TransAmériques Montréal, Usine C, National Arts Centre Ottawa. Louise Lecavalier is an associate international artist of the CENTQUATRE-Paris.

The guest performance is part of focus: Canada 2017.

With the kind support of the Ambassy of Canada and the Quebec Government Office.