Elles is the expression of choreographer Serge Bennathan’s desire to be confronted once again by feminine strength, passion and depth. This ambitious work explores the visceral, raw physicality of women coming from different geographical points, bringing with them different approaches and languages of dance, showcasing Canadian regional diversity in contemporary dance. Dancers from Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal have initially worked individually with Serge to create their solos. Now the dancers have come together in Vancouver to explore each other’s movement vocabularies and Serge will create the work, fitting the solos as a puzzle within the big picture.

Elles is about looking at what makes dance, looking at the artists of dance in dance, and the verbality of their individual physicality that slowly builds their chain of movement and becomes a performance.

Winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Award for Performing Arts – Dance 2012
World premiere: The Cultch, March 13 – 17, 2012

Choreographer: Serge Bennathan
Performers: Ali Robson, Alison Denham, Carolyn Woods, Darcy McMurray, Erin Drumheller, Linnea Swan, Susan Elliott, Val Calam
Composer: Bertrand Chenier
Lighting Designer: James Proudfoot
Set Designer: Jay Gower Taylor
Costume Designer: Linda Chow

Photos by Chris Randle.