Frédérick Gravel / Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup
Usually Beauty Fails
Following in the grand Montreal dance tradition of La La La Human Steps and Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Frédérick Gravel and his hot-blooded team of dancers/musicians mix genres in a performance... More
About this performance
Usually Beauty Fails
Following in the grand Montreal dance tradition of La La La Human Steps and Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Frédérick Gravel and his hot-blooded team of dancers/musicians mix genres in a performance where philosophy meets the dancefloor. Unstoppable physicality, live music and a pop-culture aesthetic work to create a profound rumination on sex and love.
Frédérick Gravel is a dancer, choreographer, guitarist, singer and lighting designer known for playfully challenging the paradigms of the dance field. His works eschew mannerism and focus on physical intensity, raw virtuosity and everyday movement (with a bit of nudity, sexuality and rock and roll thrown in for good measure). He is one of the brightest lights in the Montreal dance constellation.
Performance: Jan 24, 2014
Venue: On the Boards | Seattle
Duration: 90 min
Posted: Jun 24, 2014
Cast & Credits
|Overall conception, dirction and choreography
|Frédérick Gravel with the collaboration of the Grouped’ArtGravel (GAG)
|On stage (premiere)
Kimberley de Jong
|On stage (On the Boards)
|Technical director & stage manager
|Marie-Andrée Gougeon for Daniel Léveillé danse
|Development and promotion
|Sarah de Ganck for Art Happens (Benelux)
Marie-Andrée Gougeon (France, Asia, Latin America)
About The Artist
Frédérick Gravel (dancer, musician, choreographer) graduated in 2009 from UQAM’s (Université du Québec à Montréal) dance faculty with a thesis on “The role of the dance artist in a democratic society”. The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel has been active on the Montréal scene for the past ten years. He turns the structures of choreography upside down, merging into his work various elements from rock and performance art. Advocating the intermingling of cultures and disciplines, he won over FTA (Festival TransAmériques) audiences in 2009 with Gravel Works, which was then invited to the Rencontres Choréographies Internationales de Seine-Sainte-Denis, in France. In 2010 he returned to the FTA with Tout se pète la guele, chérie and Cabaret Gravel Cabaret, which have received great national and international reviews. His work Usually Beauty Fails was presented in November 2012 at the Cinquième Salle in Montréal’s Place des Arts. The production has since been on a tour that will visit many cities in Europe and North America.
“Gravel’s choreography revealed undeniably simian grace and embraced discomfort to the extent that it becomes its own kind of beauty.” – Seattle Dances
Photo: Frédérick Gravel
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