Photo: Maxime-Robert Lachaîne
“Slats” is the time of the performance, dance and theatre body, evoking at times the orchestrated interactions between the muscle and the light by Daniel Léveillé.
At the same time, last year, Cedric Delorme-Bouchard, a prolific and especially talented ” designer light “, released between the walls of the École supérieure de théâtre de l’UQAM the first incarnation of Slats, a memory-creation ” around the notion of threshold and limit as theorized in the practice of architecture in contemporary “. These days, at Usine C, the artist offers the public a version fine-tuning of this exploration was eminently theoretical, of course, but just as sensitive. We have had the privilege to attend the general rehearsal.
The lamella is defined as a fragment, a thin slice separated from a whole, but also as a plate of glass used to cover this, which is examined under the microscope. In this sense, the show bears very well its name. At the top of the stage, a row of spotlights to track to the floor a-line frank. In the space, a curtain of white light isolated, fragmented, cut up the body of the seven performers, dissociates with the precision of an arm, a leg, a knee or a hip. Each painting, choreography in the clear-obscure of seconded members, is a slice of life, a solo or a touching embrace, in charge of tenderness, of delicate sensuality, or contained rage.
This is certainly a multi-sensory experience. Sixty minutes of delight to the eye, but also to the ear, thanks to the rich sound design of Simon Gauthier, of the rhythms that we feel physically, not to mention the wind that is blowing at times appropriate on the faces of the spectators. When the smoke eventually makes tangible the wall of light that passes through the scene, as the clouds that move around it make it appear and disappear, the creatures of the most fantastic, and then that the bodies of the performers appear in their entirety, we understand that the wall light is handsome and well a boundary between two worlds, a portal between the inside and the outside, between the known and the unknown.
Taking place at the time of the performance, dance and theatre body, evoking at times the orchestrated interactions between the muscle and the light by Daniel Léveillé, the representation is similar undeniably an exercise in style, but executed with such mastery, in a wonderful quest for beauty, a brilliant combination of formalism and emotion, fascination is constantly waiting for you.
Staging, lighting design and scenography : Cedric Delorme-Bouchard. A co-production of the dark Room and Cédric Delorme-Bouchard. Factory C until 5 may.