by Paula Citron
I regard Marie-Julie Asselin as a brave new voice in Europe-obsessed Montreal. She is following her own vision, and I’m following her – right out to the very east end of Montreal island, in fact, where she showed her latest work, Les Traqueurs or The Hunters.
The piece was commissioned for teenagers but it was mostly adults in the house who witnessed Asselin’s kaleidoscope of the youth culture. Her bruising, athletic, gymnastic choreography captured the frenetic energy of today’s teens, while the situations she placed her dancers evoked their world of victimization, violence, sex, play, friendship, peer pressure, vulnerability and image. She portrayed it all in this 65 minute work.
Nicolas Dubé gave Asselin a wonderful score ranging from cacophonous to lyrical, while dancers Isabelle Chevrier, Marilyne St-Sauveur and Andrew Turner performed the emotionally nuanced dance with perfect insouciance.
Asselin is not afraid to take risks. Her dances are on the edge which makes them particularly exciting.
From Montreal’s Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.