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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.