Prelude #2 – The Square

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Prelude #2 – The Square

Second part of Preludes, a diptych by renowned Montreal-based choreographer, 20 dancing bodies create a large square. A symbol of a fixed, balanced world, the square is a human invention, an attempt at stabilization echoing the urban world around us, where the right angle reigns unopposed. With Prelude #2, the quadrilateral comes to life, pulsating in the heart of the townscape.

The impetus for this piece was Rhapsodie, a work by renowned Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard for 20 dancers that was programmed to be part of Danse Danse’s season in November 2020 but was postponed. Inspired by the ritual aspect of dance, Rhapsodie celebrates the visceral, instinctive parts of our nature, capturing the driving force of life and the sometimes subversive abandon of bodies in movement. 

In response to the pandemic, the choreographer conceived Preludes as harmonized overtures that announce Rhapsodie, using current constraints to explore the very essence of the work, now deeply shaken. Like a sudden, unexpected change of course, Preludes have propelled the choreography into new territories.

In Prelude #2 – The Square, second part of the diptych Preludes, the 20 intertwined, dancing bodies of Rhapsodie, often clutched in an embrace, now avoid coming into physical contact. A symbol of a fixed, balanced world, the square is a human invention, an attempt at stabilization echoing the urban world around us, where the right angle reigns unopposed. The square suggests more regulated, more orderly behavior than the circle, even if the two forms are, in a way, complementary. With Prelude #2, the quadrilateral comes to life, pulsating in the heart of the townscape.

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