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Montreal/Festival TransAmériques – Canadian Dance/Dave St. Pierre & Isabelle van Grimde

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by Paula Citron

I caught two Montreal choreographers at the cutting edge Festival TransAmériques.

Dave St. Pierre creates iconoclast works and “Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde” contains nudity, masturbation and orgasms, while being decidedly anti-feminist and anti-gay. In this episodic journey, a whopping 20 dancers depict love and relationships (or lack there of) as metaphored by the word tenderness. Aspects of this piece are pure trash. St. Pierre’s style is outrageous excess, but fun to watch.

Poor Isabelle van Grimde. “Perspectives Montréal” is pretentious claptrap She and her collaborators created a stunning environment and a great score, but after a time I just wanted to experience the installation myself and throw out the dancers. Apparently Van Grimde gave excerpts of her choreography to four famous Montreal women stage directors to transform as they saw fit – in other words, change the perspective. Nothing ever gelled in this utter bore.

At FTA, dance as we know it is dead.

Festival TransAmériques continues until Jun. 7.

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

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