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Facing the Sky curated by Louise DéryOctober Sky, 2016

Lucie Vigneault and Mark Medrano, 2016
Photo: Xavier Curnillon

Paul-André Fortier - Montreal, Canada
Lucie Vigneault, dancer - Montréal, Canada
Mark Medrano, dancer - Montreal, Canada
Jean-Benoit Pouliot, visual artist - Montreal, Canada
Ginelle Chagnon, rehearsal mistress - Montréal, Canada
Featuring dancers from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre - Toronto, Canada

October sky is a choreographic performance in a large glass box at Harbourfront Centre. It will be performed by a group of dancers from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and feature two soloists from Montreal, Lucie Vigneault and Mark Medrano.

October sky is a metaphor of the constellations coming together and breaking apart. The two soloists suggest the constancy around which the sky evolves season after season. The dance movements are simple and repetitive; they generate a ritualistic effect creating a strong impression of duration. There will be moments where some of the dancers will let themselves go into a deep sleep, evoking sleeping stars or sleeping beauties. We very seldom have a chance to observe sleeping bodies and share that moment of intimacy.

At other moments some dancers will post messages for the audience through their mobile devices that they will display on the glass windows. There is no sound in the glass box; the dancers evolve in a void. The spectators watch the action through windows on the sound track generated by the urban noise.

This choreographic performance is meant to interact with the surroundings, but mainly with another project in the exhibition entitled, Pas de deux pas de from artist Samuel Bianchini.

Paul-André Fortier (1948, Waterville, Quebec) lives and works in Montreal. He has made an immense contribution to contemporary dance in Canada over the past 40 years as a pioneering creator, performer and teacher. Solo 30x30 (2006), a 30 minute dance piece presented outdoors in urban spaces at the same time every day for 30 consecutive days has been performed over 450 times in numerous cities around the world. Fortier has received numerous awards including the Governor General's Award and the Order of Canada.



OBLIVION Militant Nostalgia And the Transformation Reveals Facing the Sky Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre Invictus 360°

Harbourfront Centre Main Building, Bill Boyle Artport, West Side

235 Queens Quay West

Suitable for all ages

In association with Harbourfront Centre

This project is indoors.