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“I’m always impressed by Sylvie’s ability to blend contemporary dance with theatrical elements that are accessible to everyone. Sylvie delights and surprises me each time I see her work.”
— Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate – Dance
In L’éternel voyage, Sylvie Bouchard continues her quest to reveal human dilemmas. Three characters learn to trust the beating of their own hearts as they move forward on a journey, both individually and together. The trio explores an ethereal landscape residing in an in-between space, bringing forth the mystery of the unknown, undiscovered places and new territories. Where do we begin, and where do we end? How do we comprehend the incomprehensible? Calm and dazzling winds, sudden gusts and tornadoes accompany this group on their voyage. L’éternel voyage is a hymn to life and a call to fully savour the moments that are precious to each of us.
Misunderstood and alienated, Camille Claudel’s genius was terrifying. Auguste Rodin described her as “his most extraordinary disciple.” Of sound mind and in full possession of her magnificent talent, Camille was committed in 1913 at 49, and finally succumbed, depressed and unrecognizable, after 30 years of continuous confinement.
What inspires us? What moves us to create? Here lies the basic theme of L’Implorante. This production puts movement and immobility in opposition, in both a literal and figurative sense. While on tour in Europe, a choreographer (played by Sylvie Bouchard) visits the Rodin Museum in Paris. She comes upon an autobiographical sculpture by Camille Claudel (Rodin’s student and mistress), on her knees begging him not to leave her. The work, entitled L’Âge mûr (Mature Age), so disturbs the choreographer that she becomes obsessed by its emotive power and even more so by “L’Implorante,” the third figure in the group.
Desperate to understand the emotional charge within this sculpture, she begins a frantic search through Camille’s personal correspondence. She works on movements in suspension, like Claudel worked on a piece of clay. Absorbed in Camille’s quest to liberate from the earth a woman in her own image, the choreographer finds her own “self” through movement, while accompanied by the letters Claudel wrote to her brother Paul and to Rodin.
An original idea by Claude Guilmain, based on letters between the artists Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, this stage adaptation directed by Guilmain and Louise Naubert will be presented in French, with English in-ear translation. Please note that the text in this production is minimal. L’Implorante has received many accolades from press, media and audiences both in Ottawa, and for the in-progress showing at Glendon College.
BoucharDanse is a company that combines the poetry of contemporary dance and narrative element of theatre. Trained in contemporary dance, with a strong background and interest in narratives and character driven works, Sylvie Bouchard creates projects speaking passionately, poetically and authentically, through the layering of stories and evocative imagery.
BoucharDanse serves as an umbrella for Bouchard’s creative endeavors, as a performer and choreographer, and fuels her commitment to present dance in innovative ways. In her creative process as a choreographer, Bouchard researches a movement vocabulary that is specific to each work and character she creates. She endeavors to tap into physical landscapes, gestures and images that reflect specific emotional states. Bouchard is fascinated by narratives, particularly the abstract, and how to move a piece forward, with continuum and through a sense of journey.
BoucharDanse is committed to building strong relationships with a wide range of artists and audiences. With the aim of widening the public for dance and moving closer to audiences, BoucharDanse presents works in both indoor and outdoor venues.
Sylvie Bouchard works closely with performers, linking creation and direction, and believes in a working environment that gives room for all artists to thrive. Through BoucharDanse, Sylvie performs, creates, directs, teaches and initiates projects with various collaborators. She is involved in the dance community at large, and cares for its overall health and strength. She is inspired by the younger generation of artists, offering them an opportunity to strive for a higher level of excellence; and by established artists who have been involved and active in the community for many years. BoucharDanse is dedicated to projects and collaborations that bring together Francophone and Anglophone artists as well as dance and theatre artists.
In 1993, Bouchard created Dusk Dances, a dance festival held in public parks. Today, Dusk Dances is a thriving organization that tours the Province and licenses its name and concept to a number of presenters and communities. In 1997, she co-incepted the Company CORPUS, and acted as co-artistic director, choreographer and performer at CORPUS until 2008. During that time, Bouchard co-created eight works (stage works, site-specific works and works created specifically for children) that are all available to presenters through BoucharDanse. And in 2012, Bouchard created Histoire d’amour with a team of artists, including Susie Burpee, Denise Fujiwara and Louis- Martin Charest. Bouchard and Louis Laberge-Côté served as choreographers and Marie-Josée Chartier as director. Bouchard performed alongside Brendan Wyatt and Christian Laurin. Histoire d’amour premiered at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto in May 2012, as part of DanceWorks.