July 7 and 8, 2018: Solo 70 presented as part of Dancing on the Edge in Vancouver

Here is a man who has danced, and who dances still. A man whose body has lived fully, and who carries on, pursuing a formal aesthetic.  His aura is nearly mythological, and the depth of his experience reaches into his very soul. Inviting the younger generation into his world – a writer, an actor, a punk guitarist, and others – he asks them to accompany and nourish him, yet also challenge him, pushing him into the unknown and beyond. The world is changing, as is he: style, tastes, questions and concerns. In response, what is important is to converse, to move, to sing, to debate, to sweat, and of course, to dance. And dance again. Always and forever. As if for the very first time. As if for the very last time. This encounter could suggest alarming conflicts, but also surprising points of contact. A clash of conventions and languages in search of a common goal. Expect neither retrospective, nor exegesis: only an indestructible desire to ensure that creativity and its conventions change with the times, and that they leave nothing behind but the burning embers of the present.

Étienne Lepage

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Directed by: Paul-André Fortier and Étienne Lepage
Choreography: Paul-André Fortier
Dancer: Paul-André Fortier
Texts: Étienne Lepage
Actor: Étienne Pilon
Music (composer and performer): Jackie Gallant
Lighting design: Jock Munro
Set design and accessories: Marc Séguin
Costumes design: Denis Lavoie
Video production: HUB Studio (Thomas Payette and Hugues Caillère)
Sound engineer: Jean-François Gagnon
Assistant to the choreographer and rehearsal director: Ginelle Chagnon
Technical and production director (creation): Karyne Doucet-Larouche
Technical director (performances): Andrée-Anne Garneau (Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa) and Émilie Martel (Quebec, Edmonton)

Chaillot – Théâtre National de la danse, Paris, France
Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, Canada
CanDance Network, Toronto, Canada
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
Agora de la danse, Montreal, Canada
Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver, Canada


Photo: Paul-André Fortier, Étienne Pilon and Jackie Gallant © Xavier Curnillon