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© Denis Farley / M. Campeau, J. Gionet

Le Sacre du printemps

English title : The Rite of Spring

A perfect amalgam of everything Daniel Léveillé has wanted to express in his work up until now: the quest for a primary expressivity that goes beyond narration. The meeting of four bodies that never touch, moving within a Spartan scenic space, the constant and insistent repetition of their gestures, and the hammering piano on the sound track are all elements used to evoke the chaos of human sacrifice. Daniel Léveillé’s Le Sacre du printemps is a work that doesn’t attempt to render the content of the original libretto. Rather, it is a portrayal of Stravinsky's music where the dancer’s perpetual movement becomes a metaphor of the movement of a machine that produces as much energy as it consumes and that will ultimately lead to the sacrifice of the human.

Choreography Daniel Léveillé

Dancers at the creation Louise Lecavalier, Solange Paquette, Gilles Simard, Danièle Tardif

Dancers at the re-creation Frédéric Boivin, Mathieu Campeau, Justin Gionet, Emmanuel Proulx

Light Jean Jauvin

Music Igor Stravinsky

Costumes (idéa)  Marie-Andrée Gougeon, Daniel Léveillé

Costumes (realisation) Le Carré Vert

Rehearsal Director Sophie Corriveau; Marie-Andrée Gougeon


Production Daniel Léveillé Danse

Coproduction Agora de la Danse (Montreal); Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal

Created in 1982 / Recreated in 2007

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