Bancs d'essai

April 2, 2023 | Presentations and conversations | 

Circuit-Est is pleased to open the doors of its studios to the public for the Bancs d'essai !

Discover the ongoing research of emerging artists.

After the performances, a conversation with the audience, hosted by curators Mona El Husseini and Lucy Fandel, will take place.

The artists

Lauranne Faubert-Guay

Thinking of childbirth as a gigantic and generous effort; like a challenge that transforms pain into strength and roars; as a celebration of the autonomous body which rearranges and transcends itself to give life, to give itself life; like an unimaginable journey that allows one to get out of oneself. This project dives into a fluid zone where bodily boundaries expand until they no longer belong to each other. It is an ode to birth, dance, and creation; the opportunity to celebrate an infinite body and highlight its immensity.

Lauranne Faubert-Guay is a transdisciplinary artist with a background in visual arts, sociology and contemporary dance. Sensitive to the urgency of changing our way of being-in-the-world, notably by adopting a minimalist lifestyle, she is specifically interested in the ascetic body and its ability for self-sufficiency. By challenging the body, she explores the links between hardship and emancipation. Since 2019, her creations are presented in Montréal and in Outaouais. Lauranne is also the founder of Devenir(s) corps, a residency program and live arts studio located in Outaouais.

Philippe Dépelteau
Duo (performed by Camil Bellefleur et Luce Lainé)

Between perpetual construction and breakdown, bricks and bodies build ephemeral landscapes together. Their encounter draws fragments of houses and bodies to inhabit. Like a living mortar, the movement is lodged in the interstices of the installation. It proposes an evanescent dance, where bodies appear and disappear into the material. From construction to resonance, bricks and bodies attempt to establish a sensuous dialogue. As a place of reflection and sensation, « S’imbriquer » activates questions about how we build and inhabit an endangered world.

Based in Montréal, Philippe Dépelteau is a creator, performer and collaborator in performing arts, working at the intersection of ecology and living arts. Since graduating from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2020, he has collaborated as a performer with the collective Other Animals, Lucy Fandel, Charlie Prince, Aurélie Pédron, PPS Danse and Sarah Dell'Ava. In 2022, Philippe cofounded the collective les petits papiers alongside Marie Lévêque and Luce Lainé.

The curators

Mona El Husseini

Mona El Husseini is an egyptian-canadian contemporary dance artist, choreographer, and teacher based in Montreal. In her creative process, Mona goes beyond the dance and traces the thread that weaves the artforms she practices including Martial Arts, painting, and writing. In un-layering questions of personal identity and heritage, Mona is interested in how stories are transmitted, shared, and told through the body across generations.

Lucy Fandel

Lucy Fandel is a dance artist and writer based in Tio'tia:ke / Montreal. Often at the intersection of the social, scientific and artistic movement, her work is shown in Canada and abroad. She has danced for the artistic duo Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux, as well as Chloe Hart, Catherine Chun Hua Dong and the collective As They Strike among others.


📅  April 2, 2022 at 2 pm
📍 Studio Jeanne-Renaud, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique
     2022, Sherbrooke East street, Montréal/Tiohtiá:ke (Québec) H2K 1B9

Catherine Bellefleur

Justin de Luna and Winnie Ho

Mona El Husseini

Amara Barner

Alida Esmail, Sophia Wright and Hodan Youssouf

Raul Huaman

Chanel Cheiban (with Anas Jellouf and Nadine Altounji)

Elie-Anne Ross

Matthy Laroche and _Demerde

This project is possible thanks to the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for the 2022-2023 season.

Credits : Studio Jeanne-Renaud © Vanessa Forget - Lauranne Faubert-Guay © Ioana Vanessa Bezman - Philippe Dépelteau © Marie Lévêque - Elie-Anne Ross © Marie-Ève Dion - ALIEN-Ish © Matthy Laroche - Mona El Husseini © Amr Khaled - Lucy Fandel © Nanne Springer