In pursuit of the meaning of dance
Based in Canada, Paul-Andre Fortier has received attention for his numerous dance pieces incorporating keen observations on taboo topics and other subjects since the 1970s. In this project, Fortier introduces the Yamaguchi edition of his international outdoor dance project "30x30", along with a new piece titled "1x60", realized in collaboration with video artist Takao Minami, known for his work with the artist group "Ressentiment".
The body under scrutiny, in concert with its environs
The titles each refer to the number and length(s) of dance segments the respective work is made up of. While the former consists of 30-minute dance segments performed on 30 days at outdoor locations, the latter is one single dance piece of 60 minutes, staged in a theater. With these two works developed in the contrasting environments of outdoor and indoor locations, Fortier explores the space and time frames shared through dance, and proposes possible ways of illustrating these through bodily expression.
June 19 - July 18, 2006
July 23, 2006
Yamaguchi Dojomonzen, Nishimonzen Shopping Center
- Special Site
30×30 (Japan Premiere)
This site-specific dance project comprises 30-minute dance segments performed daily at outdoor locations in the city over the period of 30 days. Shortly before his 60th birthday, Fortier embarked on his new journey questioning the meaning of the act of dancing, starting in Newcastle (UK), and from there traveling to places around the globe.
Appearing every day at the same time at a different designated place to dance in any wind and weather, Fortier dissimilates everyday sceneries, while the catabolic action itself becomes part of the scenery.
With the Yamaguchi performances under the blazing sun, heavy rain or storm in the Dojomonzen and Nishimonzen shopping districts not far from YCAM, the project was brought to a successful conclusion.
1×60 (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)
Paul-André Fortier + Takao Minami
Shared memory generated through the body's interaction with various things
In contrast to "30x30", this 60-minute dance piece is performed on an indoor theater stage.
Scattered across the stage are various objects collected in Yamaguchi, such as driftage found on the seashore, chairs, TV sets and packaging materials, as well as a half-mirror screen. On a stage wrapped up in disturbing sounds somewhere between noise and ambient, the dancer interacts with these elements via his body, eagerly working to share his memory with the audience. In concert with the dancer's body movements, abstract patterns made up of geometric shapes are occasionally projected onto a large screen installed in the back of the stage. Changing according to the dancer's movements, these patterns aim to shake the viewer's emotions.
- Tour Information
May 10 - 11, 2007
Venue: John L. Haar Theatre (Canada)
March 6 - 10, 2007
Venue: Le Théâtre de Lorient (France)
December 13 - 16, 2006
Venue: Place des Arts (Canada)
- Choreographer and Dancer: Paul-André Fortier
Video artist and stage Designer: Takao Minami
Video assistant: Noriko Matsumoto
Original music: Alain Thibault
Lighting Designer: John Munro
Costume: Designer Denis Lavoie
Choreographer’s Assistant: Ginelle Chagnon
Paul-André Fortier + Atsushi Tanabe + Rumi Tanabe "A MAN ON THE BRIDGE"
- January 10 - February 26, 2007
- Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with:
- Yamaguchi City
- the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City
- Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
- Japan Arts Fund
- Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Conseil des arts et des lettres de Québec
- Conseil des arts et des lettres de Montréal
- Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo
- Yamaguchi City Dojomonzen-Nishimonzen Shopping District
- Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]