World premiere March 26 – 28, 2015
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Presented by Chutzpah! Festival and The Dance Centre
a work about a life in dance, and the dance of life - a tale about dance viewed from the wings.
Written and directed by Serge Bennathan
Performed by Serge Bennathan, Erin Drumheller, and Kim Stevenson, with Bertrand Chenier
Music by Bertrand Chenier
Starting with Serge’s first dance class at age seven in France, this performance is powerful journey through a life dedicated to dance, and is a love song to the dance artists who came before him and whose art demands courage, self-denial, passion, and joy. Monsieur Auburtin offers audiences a keyhole through which to rediscover their own childhood dreams, splendidly realized or forgotten through the passage of time.
Les Productions Figlio is grateful to the Hawthorne Foundation for their support in realizing M. Auburtin. Les Productions Figlio gratefully acknowledges The Dance Centre for the residency provided towards the creation of this work.
Les Productions Figlio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver.
Erin Drumheller and Serge Bennathan in Monsieur Auburtin. Photo by Michael Slobodian
Just Words (excerpt)
at Dancing on the Edge Festival
July 7, 2015 | 7PM
July 8, 2015 | 9PM
Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
Les Productions Figlio presents an excerpt of Just Words as part of EDGE 2 at Dancing on the Edge.
Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words sketches a portrait in words and movement of both the profound and happy characteristics that shape an artistic life. In this intimate piece, writer and choreographer Serge Bennathan confronts the reality of becoming an ‘artistic orphan’, a challenge that every artist faces as important people and influential mentors in their lives disappear. At the same time, artists embrace increased freedom and openness as their journey progresses. Bennathan’s poetry interweaves with Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell’s powerfully physicality, inviting us to reflect on the essence of beauty.
Serge Bennathan receives 2014 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize
Les Productions Figlio Artistic Director Serge Bennathan has been awarded the 2014 Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. This annual award is given to the year’s most deserving applicant from the Grants to Dance Professionals Program and Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals program.