Portable Dances, work for four dancers (2005)

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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)

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.