New York Premiere
Choreographed by Lucie Grégoire
Inspired by Paul Auster's novel
In this solo, freely inspired by Paul Auster’s novel, In the Country of Last Things, a woman struggles for survival as she confronts disintegrating worlds. Based on an uncompromising approach to movement, the dance here is necessary, lucid, and immensely generous. The raw quality of Lucie Grégoire’s work carries a fierce emotional impact that leaves a haunting imprint.
Inhabited by a state of urgency, Kim Henry gives a poignant performance in a choreography of unrelenting intensity. Robert M. Lepage’s music and Alain Lortie’s lighting create a cinematic atmosphere that conveys the dancer’s inner and outer journey.
Join us on Thursday, May 10th for a special post-show discussion with writer and director PaulAuster
and choreographer Lucie Grégoire.
The performance is freely inspired by his novel, In The Country of Last Things.
The panel will be moderated by Professor Barbara Browning of NYU.
Barbara Browning is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her BA is from Yale University, and MA and PhD from Yale University. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Women & Performance and the Advisory Board of the Dance Research Journal. Currently, Barbara is working on intermedia fiction/performance, including a novel with ancillary dances, and a semi-fictional documentary film on an aging French rock star who may or may not exist.
"No show succeeds like one that leaves us with captivating images long after the curtain falls, images that appeal to the senses and the intellect alike. This performance shows us an artist at the height of her art. This is rare." -La Presse, Montreal, April 1994 (about Les Choses dernières)
"There is a Kafkaesque aspect to Les Choses dernières, a creation born from the strong impact that reading Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things had on Lucie Grégoire. A striking work that prodigiously reconciles with contraries, and in which a strength lying at the heart of vulnerability – resilience – shines through. This presentation demonstrates the importance of revisiting, reactualizing, and transmitting valuable works that have significantly marked and enriched the Quebec dance scene.’’ -Le Devoir, Montreal, March 2016
"Masterful and magnificent. Both fragile and earthy, these beings with their spellbinding energy are penetrated by opposing winds, states of agitation, doubt, joy and fullfilment. In Between destabilizes, subjugates, and delights both the eye and the soul." -La Presse, Montreal, November 2011
Choreography by: Lucie Grégoire Performed by: Kim Henry Lighting Design by: Alain Lortie and Remastered by: Marc Parent Music by: Robert M. Lepage Stage Design by: Hélène Lussier and Remastered by: Angela Rassenti Costume and Makeup by: Angelo Barsetti
About the Artists
Since founding Lucie Grégoire Danse in 1986, the Montreal choreographer and dancer has created over 30 works – solos, ensemble pieces, and site-specific events, presenting them in Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, and Tunisia. Her career has included lengthy stays in New York, France, and Japan, allowing her to work with Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Min Tanaka, Tatsumi Hijikata, and Kazuo Ohno, among others. She co-created three one-hour dance pieces during a 10-year collaboration with Japanese choreographer and dancer Yoshito Ohno.
Unfettered and audacious, Grégoire’s work plumbs the feminine universe, inspired by travels to remote, rugged lands and by literature, art, and film. Teaching has also been an integral part of her artistic research. Known for the integrity of her approach, the hypnotic beauty of her performances, and the pictorial dimension of her scenography, Lucie Grégoire has forged a unique path in contemporary dance. http://www.luciegregoiredanse.ca/