passage (2007/2008)

passage is the second part of a trilogy on the body as an interface. In offering the body of a performer and her environment as the ground for exploration, the work questions the notion of exchange and the boundary between beings and their environment.

During the three opening hours of the installation, the performer Catherine Tardif is posted inside the theatre. The visitor enters an intimate space, where he finds himself face to face with the performer, and from which he can enter and exit at his will. The work involves a scenography composed of different projection surfaces and objects the visitor can manipulate. The arrangement of the space creates a lively and enveloping atmosphere. Mobile projections cover the architecture of the space. In them, the visitor can distinguish between animated, figurative and non-figurative forms, transforming before his eyes.

The performer is equipped with a costume incorporating several sensors that react to proximity, touch and pressure. Through her costume, her body becomes an interface. By approaching or retreating from her, and even by touching specific parts of her body, the spectator sets off elements of the media environment that in turn influence the dancer’s movement. Alternating between very different performative states, the performer draws from a bank of behaviors and choreographic sequences. 

By playing with the contrasts between solicitation and retraction, passage deals with playfulness and mutuality. The spectator’s capacities for listening and observation, as well as that for communicating and collaborating with other visitors and the performers, are the determining ingredients of the piece.

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Concept and artistic direction: Martin Kusch and Marie-Claude Poulin / Choreographic work: Marie-Claude Poulin / Contribution to the choreographic research: Benoît Lachambre and Dominique Porte / Dramaturg: Armando Menicacci / Dance and performance: Catherine Tardif / Media environment and visual performance: Martin Kusch / Composition and sound performance: Alexandre St-Onge / Collaboration to the sound environment: Alexander Wilson / Installation/scenography: Martin Kusch in collaboration with Éric Belley / Costume: Linda Brunelle / Light design: Éric Belley / Sensors System: Technology Playgroup Inc. and Samuel St-Aubin / Consultation to the software programming: Alexandre Burton / Technical direction: Éric Belley

passage is a co-production with:
Centre de création O Vertigo
and Circuit Est Centre Chorégraphique, in Montreal.

It was presented between 2007 and 2009 at:
Bains numériques
in Enghiens-les-Bains, CYNETart in Dresden, Tanztendenzen in Greifswald, Fabrik Potsdam in Potsdam and Agora de la danse in Montreal.