NADIA EST-CE QUE ÇA VA? | LILIANE MOUSSA + CAROLINE ST-LAURENT & SLOW CHANGE | TESS MARTENS
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Four performers make a foray into the world of competitive gymnastics and plunge into a ritual, a display of strength, an insatiable quest for flawless movement. In the era of denunciations of abuse, this ode to sports questions our collective blindness to power relations in performance contexts. This choreographic work plays with the emblematic figure of the perfect athlete and illustrates the dichotomy between the fragility and resilience of trained bodies. Nadia, est-ce que ça va? asserts the power of women and calls for a team spirit that fosters benevolence.
Sur scène / Onstage: Marilyn Daoust, Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Marine Rixhon, Liane Thériault. Collaborateurs / Collaborators: Olivier Girouard, Taos-Daphné Houasnia, Sarah Williams.
Tess’s performance art serves as a self-portrait from childhood through adulthood and is particularly focused on periods marked by mental health issues and illness. In Slow Change, she uses a slapstick strategy as she attempts to put on synchronized swimming costumes from her youth and re-enact her former routines. This work proposes an authentic moment, a state of vulnerability from which emerges the power of being a woman and an artist.