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Montreal/Festival TransAmériques – European Dance Companies/Maguy Marin and Brice Leroux

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by Paula Citron

Festival TransAmériques is the new Festival international de nouvelle danse. The mandate is relentlessly contemporary.

Maguy Marin of France’s brought “Umwelt” which means environment in German. Her cast appeared through a maze of mirrors, performed the stuff of daily life, like eating, drinking, and fighting. They disappeared, only to come out again in different costumes with different tasks, all this in a wind tunnel.

The structure stayed the same throughout. There was no development beyond this single focus, as intriguing as it was.

Similarly, what Brice Leroux from Belgium gave us at the beginning of “Quantum-Quintet” was only slightly varied at the end. His focus was ten lower arms that emerged like blacklight theatre.

Leroux is fascinated by quantum mechanics. This ballet for lower arms created endless patterns in precise movements, but it was a one-trick pony, albeit, a very impressive lower arm drill team.

In reality, at FTA, dance as we know it is dead.

“Festival TransAmerique” continues until Jun. 7.

From Montreal, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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