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Les jolies choses

Les jolies choses

Les jolies choses

Intake of Air

Five  bodies move to the rhythm of a metronome. Their mechanical gestures are  endlessly reprised, the machine runs wild and demands their absolute  compliance. With her ripened artistic language, choreographer Catherine  Gaudet seeks a space within bodies where desires can be reborn despite  the burden of constriction.

This seemingly harmless collective  score, with its orderly routes, gives off a scent of cheap veneer that  will soon end up cracking. 

Attuned to the conflicting throbbing of her  era, Gaudet surrounds herself with her loyal collaborators to explore  the false pretenses of the show business apparatus. After a while,  repetition reveals itself to be the troublemaker among the  dancers-turned-instrumentalists. It pushes open the whistling valve to  release the excess vapour of salted bodies. Indeed, de-pressure is the  flip side of grandiosity. Here, the risk of tastelessness is all too  real, but necessary in order to maintain balance.     

« Sharing  complexity also means relying on a detached perspective, but that  doesn’t prevent us from drawing a historically validated line between  unjust power and legitimate resistance. »

Catherine Gaudet

Source: Company's website

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Gaudet, Catherine

Catherine Gaudet, a graduate of UQAM, presented her first choreography in 2004, making her mark over the next two years with « Grosse fatigue »– acclaimed in Denmark – and « L’arnaque », where she was already probing the difficulties of human relations. In 2009 she delved into the effects of loss in her first long piece, « L’invasion du vide », named by the weekly « Voir » as one of its Top 5, a listing she received again in 2012 for « Je suis un autre ». That piece scratched beneath the surface of social façade to reveal the ambiguity of beings grappling with their contradictions. In 2014, in addition to « Au sein des plus raides vertus », she created « Roméo et Juliette » with Jérémie Niel, one of the pieces featured in 2050 « Mansfield – Rendez-vous à l’hôtel », an event orchestrated by La 2e Porte à Gauche, of which she is a member. From this short piece, she created, in 2016, a long version, « The most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Romeo and Juliet », presented at Usine C (Montreal) and Théâtre de Chaillot (Paris).

Source : The company Lorganisme ' website

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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Belanger, Juliette

Juliette Belanger is a director and editor, mainly in the field of live performance (theater, dance, music, etc.).

It was during her first years of study in Métiers des Arts et de la Culture, which she began in Lille in 2018 and finished in Paris in 2021, that Juliette developed her skills and taste for images and video creation. 

She soon became intrigued by the world of live performance, and her first professional experiences began in 2019. Between theater festivals, companies and other production associations, she discovers and defends the stakes of video for the dissemination of live performance. She completed her university studies in 2022, taking the Licence Professionnelle Techniques et Pratiques Artistiques du montage at Lyon II.  

She discovered the world of dance in 2023, working with Fabien Plasson, video director at the Pôle Image de la Maison de la Danse. 

Today, she produces and edits video footage of theater and dance performances for various festivals, companies and cultural events, while continuing to create various video content around the performing arts (reports on creations, artist portraits, etc.).

Compagnie Catherine Gaudet


Compagnie Catherine Gaudet in  on elusive reality, pursuing an interest in the imperceptible,  presenting the body as a place of resonance for contradictory sensations  percolating beneath the surface. She creates a universe of endlessly  fluctuating metamorphoses where characters, doomed to perpetual  mutation, make visible a dizzying descent deep into the self. Ever  emerging and evolving, they embrace and meld together only to then break  apart, disturbing the very space they are shaping and escaping from.  Under the spectator’s gaze identity becomes multi-layered as it  proliferates, dissipates and reappears. Strange yet familiar, these  ambiguous bodies evoke the sinuous trajectory of being in the world.

Onstage,  the performers rise to the challenge of incessantly reconstructing a  finely crafted  choreographic composition. Combining raw movement with  extreme control over form, they present a performative dance where the  body is both receiver and transmitter of subconscious, invisible forces.  Plunged into infinite variations of muscular tensions that reveal a  jumble of interconnected impulses and urges, moods and ideas, the  dancers portray a transformed and expanded reality that offers multiple  ways of perceiving life and the living.

Source: Company's website

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Les jolies choses

Artistic direction / Conception : Catherine Gaudet

Interpretation : Stacey Désilier, Caroline Gravel, Lauren Semeschuk, James Phillips, Dany Desjardins

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Sophie Michaud

Set design : Catherine Gaudet

Original music : Antoine Berthiaume

Lights : Hugo Dalphond

Costumes : Marilène Bastien

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproduction Festival TransAmériques, Agora de la danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen, direction artistique Alban Richard, dans le cadre de l’Accueil-studio, Réseau CanDance (Toronto), Centre national des Arts (Ottawa), Harbourfront Center (Toronto), DLD dir. Art. Frédérick Gravel Avec le soutien de DLD dir. Art. Frédérick Gravel

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Biennale de la danse 2023, Fabien Plasson, Juliette Belanger

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