Since the 1990s Danièle Desnoyers has taken her company, Le Carré des Lombes, on a unique trajectory, far from the beaten paths, across the landscape of international contemporary dance. Her repertoire, composed of some twenty works (Discordantia, Concerto grosso pour corps et surface métallique, Bataille, Duos pour corps et instruments, Play it Again!, Là où je vis, Dévorer le ciel, Paradoxe Mélodie, etc.), reflects an artistic vision in which dance, music, the visual arts and technologies are intertwined. The raw materials of sound, her dramaturgical matrix, give the choreographer a degree of abstraction that she applies directly to the language of the body. As her flagship work, Duos pour corps et instruments (2003), continues to tour internationally, she is working on a new work, entitled UNFOLD| 7 perspectives, which has been presented in premiere at Festival TransAmériques on May 30, 31 and June 1st, 2019. A committed artist and teacher, Danièle Desnoyers is now director of the dance faculty of the Université du Québec à Montréal, since August 7th 2019 and has been a member and teacher of this same institution since 2012. It is there that she received the bulk of her professional training.
Anne Thériault, Karina Champoux et Paige Culley
Karina Champoux, Pierre-Marc Ouellette, Paige Culley, Tal Adler Arieli, Anne Thériault, Bernard Martin.
Première Nord-Américaine juin 2012
The space is dense, as deep as a night of insomnia, where the slightest rustling awakens the imagination. Mikko Hynninen’s sublime lighting penetrates the soft black zones in which Danièle Desnoyers distends time in a series of choreographic cameos, depicting the restless spirits of people of the night. Three women theatrically wiggle their hips and cast seductive glances as an escape from boredom and melancholy. More distant, and freer from the image they project, three men respond to their folly, their exuberance, their sensuality, giving them a framework and anchor. The encounters are fleeting-and often electric. The embraces are sometimes painful, and laughs can turn to tears in the mists of alcohol. For the lightness of the cabaret atmosphere that imbues the invigorating and refined dance of Danièle Desnoyers is deceiving, a mere façade. Sous la peau, la nuit is solemn and heavy. Beneath the glitter and the masks of comedy are fragile, vulnerable souls. Abounding in contrasts and pulsating rhythms, the musical environment accentuates these shards of life, echoing our collective memory.
After residencies at the Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique in Montreal, the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York, the Atelier in Paris - Carolyn Carlson, and TanzWerkstatt in Berlin, the choreographer has probed the sources of movement to find a new emotional density, a new world of sensations and desires. Allowing the work to take shape through an accumulation of layers, and the meaning to percolate through the mysteries of the body, Danièle Desnoyers has created long sequences of finely textured movement, which remind us that dance has the power to fuel the imagination, unfurling its silent score within the music that completes it.