Dave St. Pierre: Dance Repertory Workshop

In Workshops on January 24, 2011 by danceumbrella

Friday, February 4th

10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dovehouse Dance Ballroom
805 Dovercourt Road, 2nd floor

To Register please contact ATC Program Manager Tracey Norman –

Workshop open to professional dance artists,and dance students in a professional dance training program.

This workshop will offer a technical warm-up to participants before learning the repertoire of acclaimed choreographer Dave St. Pierre. Rehearsal Director, Daniel Villeneuve will lead off the morning with approximately 1 hour of warm-up class. This class will focus on simple technique, cardiovascular training, and provide a physical workout to ready the participants to dance the work of Dave St. Pierre. This class is similar to the one Daniel gives to the dancers before each show – some are trained dancers and some not.
Following the class, two of Dave St. Pierre’s dancers, Karina Champoux and Frederic Tavernini, will introduce participants to sections of La Pornographie des ames and Un peu de Tendresse (this is the work being presented this same week at Harbourfront Worldstage -see details below). Within these sections are moments of large physicality and its opposite. Participants will work through and gain insight into the challenging physicality, subtle shifts, and intriguing intricacies of St. Pierre’s choreography.
Participants are asked to bring running shoes and knee pads along to fully engage in the work.

Dave St-Pierre started dancing at the age of 5, studying tap dance for seven years and appearing in several television series. In 1990, he began his Cegep studies in literature and film and joined Mia Maure Danse, a dance troupe directed by Marie-Stephane Ledoux and Jacques Brochu. In 1992, he enrolled in the Ateliers de danse moderne de Montreal,and in 1993 he left school to work with Brouhaha Danse,staying with the company for six years. Dave has since worked for a number of choreographers, among them Harold Rheaume, Jean-Pierre Perrault, Estelle Clareton, Pierre-Paul Savoie and Alain Francoeur, as well as performed throughout North America and Europe. He appeared in Amour, acide et noix and La pudeur des icebergs by Daniel Leveille as well as in two films, including L’enfant de la musique, in which he played the lead role as Mozart. Dave St-Pierre has also created his own choreographic works, including Le no man’s land show (2003) and La pornographie des ames (2004). The latter work was presented at Tangente, Usine C, the Agora de la danse and then throughout Europe, notably at the prestigious Pina Bausch Festival in Dusseldorf. The work received the 2005 Mouson Award in Frankfort – the first Canadian work to capture this coveted award. Created in 2006, Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! was premiered at the 2006 Festival Dance in Munich and subsequently presented at the Mousonturm in Frankfort. The piece went on to garner widespread acclaim at the 2009 Festival d’Avignon, and upcoming performances are slated at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris (May 2011) and at Sadler’s Wells in London (June 2011).
In conjunction with this busy performance schedule, Dave has created Over my dead body (2009) and Bibelot (2010), two works loosely related to his trilogy titled “Sociologie et autres utopies contemporaines.” He has also been commissioned to create works for Mandala Situ (Warning, 2008), Danceworks Rotterdam (Libido, 2010) and the young theatre company Tilt.T (Moribonds, 2011).

This workshop is a co-production with Harbourfront Centre:
Dave St-Pierre:
Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!
(A little tenderness for crying out loud!)
February 2-5, 2011 | $49 | Fleck Dance Theatre
A raw, choreographic language without inhibition.
Last at World Stage in 2008 with La pornographie des ames, the always-provocative Dave St-Pierre returns to Toronto with Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!, an exultation both of love (and the search for it) and the human form. Twenty male and female dancers take the stage, naked as the truth, in their irrepressible thirst for communication, contact and human touch.
Un peu de tendresse… is part two of St-Pierre’s trilogy (part one being La pornographie…), exploring the rites of contemporary love. St-Pierre’s work is often playful, controversial and confrontational, but there is always an emotional core that speaks to our need to love and be loved. His last run at World Stage became one of the season’s hottest tickets.

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