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A videoblog for José Navas/Compagnie Flak

flakorgMontreal, May 19th 2009 – José Navas is embarking on the adventure of Web 2.0 by transforming his flash Web site to a videoblog. In addition to the traditional text content, the Web viewer can now view excerpts from selected shows and short interviews, in which the choreographer speaks about a variety of themes connected to dance. It’s an original and enticing initiative to open wide the doors of the company to those who are interested.

Thanks to Youtube and Facebook, José Navas/Compagnie Flak had already established an active Web presence. Today, the videoblog strengthens that presence at www.flak.org. A space for dynamic and interactive encounters, this new tool aims to open a window on the daily life of the company and its creations, as well as to increase the understanding of dance and to stimulate reflection on the challenges confronting dance today. Aesthetically pleasing and convivial, the new site will appeal to the general public as much as to producers, the media, and other organizations.

“The idea is to provide an online conversation in order to create a long-term relationship with the public,” comments Christian Aubry the developer and maintainer of the blog. “Still largely underused in the dance world, the videoblog is a fantastic tool that promotes both distribution and intimacy.”

The site already features four excerpts from the solo show Miniatures, an excerpt from the group piece S, which be will presented in Montreal by the series Danse Danse in November, and three interviews with José Navas. He speaks of the concept of meditation in movement, recounts the experience of remounting Anatomies with a new cast, and calls for stronger political and financial support for the arts.

Miniatures – A self-portrait in the form of an impressionist’s mosaic

José Navas in <em>Miniatures</em>

Photo: Valerie Simmons

After seven years of creation devoted to group pieces, José Navas returns to solo work with a renewed passion and reveals himself with all the nuances and subtleties of a mature dancer. Exposing the fragility of a soloist who bares his soul, he invites the public to an intimate encounter with the artist and man, in an unveiling of his personal history in seven short solos to music chosen by the artist. One of the most romantic shows in Compagnie Flak’s repertoire. Touching and exhilarating.

Agora de la danse

  • Premiere: 23 October 2008
  • Shows: 24_25_29_30_31 October_1 November, 8 pm
  • Tickets: 514 525 1500

A production of José Navas/Compagnie Flak in coproduction with Agora de la danse.

A new creation by José Navas for the Gala Anik Bissonnette

Anick BissonnetteOn June 6th, Anik Bissonnette bids farewell to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal with a show including a brand new work by choreographer José Navas: a solo entitled Límpido amor set to Ave Maria by Rachmaninov. His very first creation for a dancer on pointe, José Navas’ work enters the repertoire of Les Grands Ballets where it will be performed in the future by another dancer.

“The pure and simple gestures come from a solo that I had begun to create for myself that I found too lyrical”, confides the choreographer, moved and honored by the invitation of Gradimir Pankov to pay homage to the dancer who will have danced 18 years with Les Grands Ballets. “With Anik, it became something completely different. She appropriated the material and made it into something that suited her. (…) She is 45 years old, we sense in her way of moving that she is a mother and she continues to dance with subtlety and an immense passion. It is a gift to have been able to work with her.”

The Gala Anik Bissonnette will be presented at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts for one night only, June 6th at 8pm. It will also include the piece Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon and Noces by Stijn Celis.

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