Rather a Ditch
« To die….to go into the darkness…if it is darkness…to go to the river …if it is a river…but alone and without the illusion of love…naked and disastrously free… » - Howard Barker
Echoing Steve Reich's hypnotic Different Trains, which questions the duality and fragility of our destinies, Clara Furey responds to the invitation of Olivier Bertrand as part of the first Montreal edition of Project ALBUM and creates Rather a Ditch, a piece where several "existential dance experiments" explore the porosity between life and death.
Céline Bonnier slides from one state to another and explores interior landscapes, finding radiance in an enveloping darkness. Through the lines of space and sound in dialogue with a scenery denoted by an imposing fragility, imagined by Caroline Monnet, the choreographer creates a language both figurative and abstract where the most elementary gestures are reconsidered.
Clara Furey brings us a piece echoing the hypnotic Steve Reich album Different Trains and its exploration of destiny’s duality and fragility. Created for the first Montreal edition of Oliver Bertrand’s Projet ALBUM, Rather a Ditch puts into play Furey’s existential dance experiments, driving an exploration of the porous boundaries between life and death.
Céline Bonnier slips from one state to the other. She explores internal landscapes and finds radiance in an all-encompassing darkness. In dialogue with the imposing yet fragile scenography imagined by Caroline Monnet, across the lines of space and sound, the work’s choreography creates a language that is both figurative and abstract, where the most basic movements take on new meaning. Clara Furey often works in minimalist set-ups that can foster intimate atmospheres and invite us to take a contemplative posture.
Clara Furey is a choreographer-performer based in Montreal. Approaching art as a way to bring people together, Furey seeks, through pieces that inhabit the boundary between choreographic movement and performance art, to create connections between media, people and the senses.
In 2017, Furey choreographed her first group work, Cosmic Love, and performed her solo When Even The for 90 days as part of A Crack in Everything, an exhibition in homage to Leonard Cohen at the MAC. Her latest work, Rather a Ditch, a solo performed by Céline Bonnier, saw its world premiere at the Festival TransAmériques in spring 2019.
Clara Furey is an associate artist at the dance company Par B.L.eux.
- Originale idea
- Olivier Bertrand
- Concept and Artistic Direction
- Clara Furey
- Co-creation and performance
- Céline Bonnier
- Sonic Conception
- Jean-François Blouin
- Sonic Research
- Ida Toninato
- Set Design
- Caroline Monnet
- Costume Design
- Michèle Hamel
- Lighting Design
- Karine Gauthier
- Lighting Design Assistant
- Tim Rodrigues
- Technical Direction
- Maude Bernier
- Outside Eyes
- Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes
- Clara Furey
- Executive Production
- Par B.L.eux
- Par B.L.eux
- Festival TransAmériques, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
- Partners and Creation Support
- Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (CSC) de Bassano del Grappa, Danse à la Carte, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Par B.L.eux
- The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of
- Conseil des Arts du Canada et du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec