TOURING FALL 2016
September 29 – October 1, 2016
Ottawa Dance Directive, Ottawa, ON
October 6 – 8, 2016
The Citadel, Toronto, ON
You are invited into the life journey of an artist – a tale that weaves a colorful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter.
Written and directed by Serge Bennathan
Performed by Serge Bennathan, Karissa Barry, Hilary Maxwell
Music by Bertrand Chenier
Lighting design by James Proudfoot
Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words is a choreographic journal sketching a portrait of both the profound and happy characteristics of an artistic life. In this intimate piece, writer and choreographer Serge Bennathan confronts the duality of reality and dreams. Between these two worlds we find a sea of feelings, experiences, friendships and lessons learned.
Told through movement and poetry by Serge Bennathan, with powerful dance artists Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell, Just Words invites you into the life journey of an artist – a tale that weaves a colorful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter.
Les Productions Figlio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council.
Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell in Just Words. Photo by Michael Slobodian
Just Words – Review
Les Productiosn Figlio’s Just Words has just received a glowing review on Evi-Dance Radio. See below for an excerpt of the in-depth review by Beverley Daurio.
Music gently rises in the darkened theatre. Gathering warm light slowly allows the audience to discern three figures standing at the back of the stage: Serge Bennathan, choreographer, poet, dancer and creator of this show, and dancers Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell. Their presence is revealed the way ideas are revealed in an essay, or symbols revealed in a poem. The way they appear reminds us of how thoughts come to us, and how evanescent beauty arrives and fades.
Bennathan’s poetry—a heart-centred lyrical mixture of personal philosophy, autobiography, and thoughts on art, politics, and the hard work and challenges these represent in artists’ lives— is threaded through the show, and serves as key and inspiration to the whole piece, in a subtle interplay of elements. A phrase in words—“I just wanted to write… with choreography,” for example—becomes a recurrent series of hand and finger motions, bringing the poetry into the movement and the movement back into the poetry.
Visit the Evi-Dance Radio website for the full piece!
Les Productions Figlio at PushOFF
Les Productions Figlio will showcase an excerpt of Just Words (work-in-progress) on February 5, 2016 as part of PushOFF at The Cultch. This new piece, choreographed by Serge Bennathan, and featuring Bennathan performing with Karissa Barry and Hilary Maxwell, will premiere at The Firehall Arts Centre April 27 – 30, 2016.
Upcoming classes with Serge Bennathan
Serge Bennathan will be teaching three classes this January through the Training Society of Vancouver.
Classes will take place at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street) on:
Monday, January 25, 2016; 10AM
Wednesday, January 27, 2016; 10AM
Friday, January 29, 2016; 10AM
For information visit: http://www.trainingsocietyofvancouver.ca/2015/12/27/serge-bennathan/