Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde !

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Dave St-Pierre


Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde ! © DR


If it is not easy to feel love, it seems easier to dance it: that is what is immediately striking in A Little Tenderness, for Crying out Loud! This exultation in moving on stage, together, separately; this desire to call on every spectator as a witness to the simple “joy of being”, to the pleasure of having a body and making it function. Here, the desire to share goes so far that part of the show takes place off the stage, in the church's rows with, and even on, the audience. That a group of boys and girls, naked as the truth, are invited to start dancing with the spectators is not only a provocative element, even a cause for concern, it is also the sign of an irrepressible thirst for communicating, entering into contact, touching the other. Here is Dave St-Pierre's subject: the quest for love, both desperate and full of hope. Since its premiere, A Little Bit of Tenderness, for Crying out Loud! has caused many reactions, mostly enthusiastic, sometimes indignant. The former bear witness to a shared experience with these 20 generous dancers who offer on (and off) stage their communicative energy; the latter always take up the same refrain: “But it isn't dance!” Yes, it is really dance, with certain highly technical passages and many dazzling moments. A raw, daring choreographic language without any inhibition. Stage work that is all the more impressive as it is very collective and in the end highly narrative, the company and its “single” machines being led by a mistress of ceremony who talks, comments, attracts, repels, leads her world with a baton, even if she has trouble containing the big fellows with blond wigs. ADB



artistic direction and choregraphy: Dave St-Pierre
text: Enrica Boucher
original soundtrack: Emmanuel Schwartz, Dave St-Pierre
artistic advisor : Daniel Villeneuve
lighting: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
sound: Benoît Bisaillon
costumes: Eugénie Beaudry, Dave St-Pierre
with: Eugénie Beaudry, Luc Boissonneault, Enrica Boucher, Julie Carrier, Karina Champoux, David Laurin, Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, Sarah Lefebvre, Alexis Lefebvre,
Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Julie Perron, Ève Pressault-Chalifoux, Aude Rioland,
Éric Robidoux, Frédéric Tavernini, Anne Thériault, Gaëtan Viau, Michael Watts


coproduction: Agora de la Danse (Montréal), Usine C (Montréal), Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montréal), Szene Salzburg, Théâtre Sévelin 36 (Lausanne), Dance Festival (Munich), Mouson Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Francfort), JuliDans (Amsterdam), Centre national des Arts (Ottawa), Scène Québec Scene (Ottawa)
avec le soutien: du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

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