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Personæ, a solo work by José Navas (preview)

José Navas presents, with these seven solos, a personal study of the relationship between desire and divinity. This is a work filled with daring and authenticity, which was premiered in May 2011 in Bruges.

Miniatures, a solo work by José Navas (preview)

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Created in 2008, Miniatures retraces some of the highlights of choreographer José Navas’ life, through a series of seven solos, set to some very moving music. One of the most romantic works in Compagnie Flak’s repertoire.

José Navas in a creation residency for Personæ

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December 2010. Following an invitation from the Danse Danse presenters and the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, José Navas tests his work in progress, Personae, his new solo work. Report.

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.

Compagnie Flak in Quebec City, Seoul and Dublin

After receiving enthusiastic acclaim in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Germany, Anatomies continues to tour, making its next stops at La Rotonde in Québec City and at the Modern Dance Festival (MODAFE) in Seoul, Korea.

Presented over twenty times since its creation in Montreal in 2006, this piece for five dancers is reinvented by a completely new cast. This time, José Navas is surrounded by the talented dancers Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Lindsey Parker, Eldon Pulak and Lauren Semeschuk.

Between these two Anatomies tours, José Navas will fly solo for the Dublin Dance Festival where he will present Miniatures; an auto portrait in seven solos created in 2008 after seven years consecrated to the creation of group pieces.

Theatres

Anatomies and Miniatures are José Navas/Compagnie Flak productions in coproduction with l’Agora de la danse

New foray into Germany for the quintet ‘Anatomies’

Photo: Valerie Simmons

Photo: Valerie Simmons

After a successful run in Frankfurt last September, Compagnie Flak continues its foray into Germany with Anatomies.

 

Anatomies will be presented at two festivals this month: the 9th edition of the Internationale Tanztage 2009 in Oldenburg and the Schrit_tmacher 2009 in Aachen, where it will be performed in the Ludwig Forum Museum, an amazing international art space. The piece has also been programmed as a part of the regular season at the Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster.

Created in Montreal in 2006, this work for five dancers has already been presented twenty times in Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. It will be presented for the first time to the Korean public in May. Stay tuned…

Performances

  • March 23, Staatstheater, Internationale Tanztage 2009, Oldenburg
  • March 25, Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster
  • March 27 & 28, Ludwig Forum, Schrit_tmacher Festival, Aachen

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

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.

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.

Premiere of Compagnie Flak in Northern Europe

Portable Dances © Michael Slobodian

Portable Dances © Michael Slobodian

Montreal, September 11th 2007 – For the first time since its creation in 1995, Compagnie Flak departs on tour with two shows. Between mid-September and mid-October, José Navas and his dancers will be on tour in Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands for a total of eight performances of Anatomies and Portable Dances.

For their first visit to Norway, Compagnie Flak has been invited to Oslo to open the CODA Festival. The CODA Festival presents diverse European companies which this year includes the celebrated Sasha Waltz & Guests. Throughout three days, the students at the Oslo Academy for the Arts will profit from Master classes offered by José Navas, who will also participate in
a talk with Swedish artist Cristina Caprioli. The two choreographers will speak about abstraction and formalism while using as a base of reflection Cristina Caprioli’s statement “Dance is not a language”.

The artists continue their tour by returning to Bruges before discovering five new theatres in Belgium and the Netherlands. A stimulating autumn season for Compagnie Flak that reinforces ties with their European partners before presenting a reprise of Anatomies at Agora de la Danse from November 7th to the 10th.

European Tour, details:

Anatomies

September

  • 18th & 19th, CODA Oslo, International Dance Festival, Norway
  • 26th, Bruges, Belgium
  • 28th, Courtrai, Belgium
  • 29th, Dordrecht, Netherlands

October

  • 3rd, Dilbeek, Belgium

Portable Dances

October

  • 5th, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • 9th, Hasselt, Belgium

Anatomies and Portable Dances are both co-productions of José Navas/Compagnie Flak and Agora de la Danse (Montreal)