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
Serge Bennathan Recipient of Isadora Award
We are pleased to share that Serge Bennathan has received the Isadora Award for Excellence in Dance!
From the Dance Centre website:
“The annual Isadora Award, named after the great dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), was instituted by The Dance Centre in 1999 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the dance profession in BC. Members of the dance community are invited to nominate artists for the award, and an independent jury of professionals working in the field selects recipients based on specific criteria. Serge Bennathan will receive an Isadora Award sculpture which was specially designed by the eminent glass artist Mary Filer, fully subsidized rehearsal space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the value of $1000, and $500 cash.”
Learn more about the award from their website.
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.