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Upcoming European tour for the quintet Anatomies

Photo: Michael Slobodian

Photo: Valerie Simmons

2nd & 17th May: The Netherlands
7th & 9th: May Belgium

Following in the steps of Portable Dances, Anatomies will be presented in four European theatres. It will be a tour that solidifies our relationships with Belgian and Dutch producers and that precedes another crossing of the Atlantic this coming autumn.

With Anatomies, José Navas refines the alphabet of his calligraphy in space with a renewed spirit of meditation in movement. Accompanied by four talented dancers, he reveals the mechanics and precision of bodies in movement. The piece was described as fascinating and sublime in Oslo, where it was presented at the opening of the CODA Festival last September.

“A spectacle of definite intelligence that releases waves of emotion.”
Christian Saint-Pierre, Voir, Montreal, 2007

Performances

  • May 2nd, Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • May 7th, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
  • May 9th, CC De Werf, Aalst, Belgium
  • May 17th, Schouwburg, Arnhem, The Netherlands

A production of José Navas/Compagnie Flak in co-production with l’Agora de la danse.

Upcoming European tour for the quintet ‘Anatomie’

Photo: Valerie Simmons

Photo: Valerie Simmons

Following in the steps of Portable Dances, Anatomies will be presented in four European theatres. It will be a tour that solidifies our relationships with Belgian and Dutch producers and that precedes another crossing of the Atlantic this coming autumn.

With Anatomies, José Navas refines the alphabet of his calligraphy in space with a renewed spirit of meditation in movement. Accompanied by four talented dancers, he reveals the mechanics and precision of bodies in movement. The piece was described as fascinating and sublime in Oslo, where it was presented at the opening of the CODA Festival last September.

“A spectacle of definite intelligence that releases waves of emotion.”
Christian Saint-Pierre, Voir, Montreal, 2007

Performances

  • May 2nd, Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, Netherlands
  • May 7th, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
  • May 9th, CC De Werf, Aalst, Belgium
  • May 17th, Schouwburg, Arnhem, Netherlands

A production of José Navas/Compagnie Flak in co-production with l’Agora de la danse.

World Première of ‘Anatomies’, the new work of choreographer José Navas

Photo: Valerie Simmons

Photo: Valerie Simmons

Montreal, November 6, 2006Anatomies, the new creation of José Navas, will be presented at l’Agora de la danse from 8-11 November and as part of OFF CINARS, 14 and 15 November 2006. In this new piece, the spirit of meditation in dance is taken still further than in Portable Dances, the piece in three parts by José Navas/Compagnie Flak. That piece marked a turning point in the work of José Navas and was praised unanimously by critics in 2005.

With Anatomies, José Navas explores and exposes the intelligence of the human body. He gives himself over to an intimate listening to show the source of movement: departing from its point of departure, he follows its path through the body to its development in the space.

Thus, five bodies in movement revealing the mechanical precision of the human anatomy. In a space stripped of all décor, three women and two men give themselves up to a wave of movement, sometimes slow, sometimes fast, but always clean and precise. Graphic and incisive. In solos and trios, in duos and a quintet, the bodies dance the silence of an interior peace. They are living channels for a meditation in movement. The work’s five dancers are José Navas, Mira Peck, David Rancourt, Ami Shulman and Jamie Wright.

For the sound environment, José Navas collaborates once more with Montreal composer Alexander MacSween, who pushes still further his work with the voices of the dancers. The composer contributes to creating the poetry of the present moment that is unique to Anatomies. The light design is by Marc Parent, a long-time partner.

Anatomies is a co-production of José Navas/Compagnie Flak and l’Agora de la danse.

This fall, José Navas/Compagnie Flak will go on tour, taking Portable Dances to Belgium and the Netherlands, where the piece was presented in March 2006. They will also perform Portable Dances in Spain, dancing in the magnificent Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Next dates:

  • November 24: CC De Werf, Aalst, Belgium
  • November 30: CC De Spil, Roeselare, Belgium
  • December 2: Schouwburg Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • December 13: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain