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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.

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

‘Portable Dances’ in France and Hungary

France September 19 & 20 Les Plateaux de la Biennale Maison des Arts de Créteil
Hungary October 6 & 7 Autumn Festival in Budapest Trafo House of Contemporary Arts

Photo: Michael Slobodian

Photo: Michael Slobodian

Montreal, September 12, 2006 – It will be a busy fall for José Navas/Compagnie Flak. In addition to the new piece by José Navas to be presented at the Studio de l’Agora de la danse in November, Portable Dances will be presented in five European countries. This new stage in the development of the company is especially important because in Europe, José Navas is known above all as a soloist, and because Portable Dances is a landmark in his artistic development with the creation of the famous danced meditations that have seduced the public.

Premiered in October 2005, Portable Dances is a piece in three parts based on the simplicity of movement and the resonance of the body in space. After having already toured in several Canadian cities, the piece will be shown at the Maison des Arts de Créteil for Les Plateaux de la Biennale, a French professional showcase, and then at the Autumn Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Portable Dances then returns to Belgium and the Netherlands, where it was presented last March. It will perform its Spanish premiere in the magnificent setting of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Recall that Portable Dances is performed by José Navas and three other remarkable performers: Mira Peck, Magali Stoll and Chanti Wadge.

Portable Dances – 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

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