Daniel Leveillé to Present THUS SPOKE...as Part of SummerWorks Performance Festival
Montreal's Daniel Leveillé danse presents the Toronto premiere of Thus Spoke... as part of the National Series at the SummerWorks Performance Festival.
Thus Spoke explodes the codes and conventions of theatre and dance as it bodily takes hold of our era to disrupt the established order. Together, the brilliant writer Étienne Lepage and the wild choreographer Frédérick Gravel have concocted an unclassifiable pop piece that is cheeky and devilishly sexy, combining speech and movement that shifts from Nietzsche to Hendrix, from scathing tirade to rock-and-roll show, from electrifying rant to laid-back rhythmics. Thus Spoke... runs August 9-16 at The Theatre Centre Mainspace, the primary venue for SummerWorks.
Co-directed by Lepage and Gravel, Thus Spoke... is a theatre of combat based on the collision of their respective practices - a combination of speech and movement. First, defiant words. Words that are spit out, that bewitch, that say too much or not enough. And then, a few gestures, lazy approximations that recall call slouching on a sofa. Lepage and Gravel subvert established norms of performance, striking a provocative smack in the face to conformism as four performers - Gravel, Frédéric Lavallée, Marilyn Perreault and Anne Thériault - grapple with the contradictions of society, their movements on stage in perpetual counterpoint to the offhand, impudent dialogue of these disruptive freethinkers.
Conceived as a result of research conducted by Lepage and Gravel on the possible combination of speech and movement that invites the body to move within the script itself, Thus Spoke... creates a universe based on the collision of their respective practices for the presentation of a new performance genre - an entanglement of forms, a fusion of energies. Thus Spoke is provocative, reckless - and constructive; a bold and unique antidote to gloom and apathy.
The French-language version, Ainsi parlait, premiered last summer at Montreal's Festival TransAmériques - see an excerpt here: http://vimeo.com/72378550 - and subsequently toured internationally, including to the Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris.