2016 House Programs Triptyque - Page 5

As a young adolescent I fell in love with the circus arts and entered an intensive training period at the National Circus School of Montreal. But soon enough, as I took my first steps in the artistic universe, I also developed a passion for contemporary dance. At the age of 17, astonished and inspired by the works of Louise Lecavalier in La La La Human Steps, Baryshnikov’s interpretation of Le Jeune Homme et la mort and Marie Chouinard’s Rite of Spring I even considered dropping out of the circus school to pursue a dance career. Still today, despite 25 years as a hand-balancer perfecting the art of immobility, my fascination for dance, the art of movement, hasn’t left me. I always feel an insatiable desire to move and exult through dance… perhaps the antithesis necessary to my continuous journey with stillness and perfect balance. First, the encounter with Danse-Cité’s artistic director Daniel Soulière who invited me to take part in the Traces-interprète’s portion of their 2015 season. A custom-made artistic offer for me, a hand-balancing performer and master of stillness, to join in on a rendezvous with the art of movement, dance. An encounter between circus and dance. Several encounters in fact, as this creation is featuring three short pieces resulting from my encounters with the creative universes of three different exceptional choreographers. Encounters also with the other artists who share the stage with me and, as with every creation of Les 7 doigts de la Main, an encounter with the ‘other’ and with the human within each of us. The creation of Triptyque is based on encounters. ►► SAMUEL TÉTREAULT, Artistic Director