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Fortier Dance Project

Paul-André Fortier

In pursuit of the meaning of dance
The body under scrutiny, in concert with its environs

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 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.
Date
30×30
June 19 - July 18, 2006

1×60
July 23, 2006
Place
30×30:
Yamaguchi Dojomonzen, Nishimonzen Shopping Center

1×60:
Studio A
Special Site
http://fortier.ycam.jp/

Works

30×30 (Japan Premiere)

Paul-André Fortier

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30×30 (Japan Premiere)

Paul-André Fortier

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

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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)

Credit
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

Events

Paul-André Fortier + Atsushi Tanabe + Rumi Tanabe "A MAN ON THE BRIDGE"

January 10 - February 26, 2007

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Paul-André Fortier + Atsushi Tanabe + Rumi Tanabe "A MAN ON THE BRIDGE"


Date
January 10 - February 26, 2007
Place
Foyer

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City

Grants from:

  • Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
  • Japan Arts Fund
  • Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities

Governmental Partners:

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres de Québec
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres de Montréal
  • Emploi-Québec

Cooperation:

  • Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo
  • Yamaguchi City Dojomonzen-Nishimonzen Shopping District

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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