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© / B. Lombardo, F. Ducharme

Usually Beauty Fails

Socio Animalus. Three musicians plugged into the power grid, six dancers ready to explode, the energy of Pop to intensify the beat, the energy of desire to set things ablaze. Quebec’s Frédérick Gravel ignites bodies and blows up the stage in Usually Beauty Fails, a surrealist and unbridled metaphor about our relation to beauty, the shock of love and the challenges of relationships. An audacious integration of popular culture and choreographic art; an invigorating and carnal work that posits conflict as art and elevates reality’s imperfections to the rank of most efficient aesthetic.

Once more bringing together dancers and musicians in a space where choreographic show and concert are interwoven, Frédérick Gravel plays with the codes of contemporary dance and pop culture to question their respective canons.

Overall conception, direction and choreography Frédérick Gravel

Dancers at the creation Kimberley de Jong, Francis Ducharme, Frédérick Gravel, Brianna Lombardo, Frédéric Tavernini, Jamie Wright

Composers Stéphane Boucher, Philippe Brault

Artistic Assistant at the creation Ivana Milicevic

Rehearsal Director Anne Lebeau (à la création) / Jamie Wright

Light Alexandre Pilon-Guay


Something chimes in me, a musical work by Stéphane Boucher, is a courtesy of Éditions Éloize.


Production Frédérick Gravel

Executive producer Daniel Léveillé Danse

Coproduction Danse Danse en collaboration avec Place des Arts, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), Moving in November (Helsinki)

Development Marie-Andrée Gougeon; George Skalkogiannis

Accueil studio Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Société de la Place des Arts, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Centre Segal

With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Council for the Arts


Administrative and Development support Daniel Léveillé Danse as part of its sponsorship project

Frédérick Gravel is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.

Created in 2012

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