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Posted by Amelia / June 1, 2009

BodyScan.The third edition of the Festival TransAmeriques, Montreal's celebration of contemporary dance and theatre, started on May 20th. That day, I found myself poring over a copy the festival schedule, madly circling events, tallying ticket prices, and trying to figure out a way to squeeze as many shows as possible into the next three weeks of my life. If you're like me, you've probably been happily jumping from show to show for the past couple weeks. And if you haven't, then worry not, there's still time! The FTA may be speeding into its final week, but there's still tons of dance and theatre to take in. In the spirit of catching it before it's too late, a quick guide to some highlights of FTA week three.

>Ame Henderson's /Dance/Songs/ is high on my list of shows to catch this week. Henderson, a choreographer from Toronto, has created a work that is truly the intersection of dance and music. She calls it "a dance in the shape of a rock show." Structured like a rock concert, /Dance/Songs/ presents several vignettes, or "songs," in the same way that a band would play a set. The concept alone is alluring; add to that Henderson's reputation for being a gutsy and interesting dancemaker and this one's a must-see.

/Dance/Songs/ runs from June 3-6 at 9 p.m. at Theatre La Chapelle (3700 Saint Dominique).

>Douleur exquise provides an intimate look into an experience that most of us probably share: the break-up. The play, written by the multi-talented Sophie Calle and directed by Brigitte Haentjents, details a woman's journey through the pain and obsession that follows the end of an affair. It promises to be an intensely personal and deeply-felt performance.

Douleur exquise runs June 1-5 at 8 p.m at the Theatre du Conservatoire d'art dramatique (4750 Henri Julien).

>Montreal-based choreographer Benoit Lachambre has partnered with Su-Feh, a dancer from Vancouver, to create Body-Scan, his latest work. Lachambre consistently pushes the boundaries of creativity and movement in ways that are wildly interesting to watch. Body-Scan should be no exception. The work is an exploration of the human body, and its relationship to its surroundings. Seeing the ways in which Lachambre will interpret this theme is reason enough to buy a ticket.

Body-Scan plays June 1 at 8 p.m. at Usine C (1345 avenue Lalonde). For information about all the shows discussed here and more, visit fta.qc.ca.

Photo courtesy of the Festival TransAmeriques.

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Michael Black / June 1, 2009 at 02:17 pm
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Ame's more like a local choreographer, who then moved
away. She came from Vancouver to take dance at Concordia
(I remember her name from when I went to the Con-U end of
term shows in the nineties, shows that shouldn't be seen
as distant from the local dance scene since it's the launching
pad for many choreographers and dancers), helped found the
Solid State breakdance troupe, was technical assistant at
Studio 303 for a while, was in "A Chemistry Experiment" at
the Fringe in 1999, and then the first Mange Mes Pieds show
at the 2001 Fringe. Then she left town.

She was back here three or four years ago, doing a show in June
at the Darling Foundery.

And that's an interesting story in itself. The old dance
festival, FIND, wasn't that great a venue for local dance,
only the top tier getting in. In Ame we see the progression,
graduating from a dance program and starting out, having to
work the Fringe or do independent shows because there is
a limited space at venues and not much space for those
starting out, and then finally moving into a place where
she is judged to fit a big venue. Most of the time that's
an invisible process, the public sees someone once they
get to a certain level, rather than following the
choreographer/dancer from the beginning.

Montreal may be known for dance, but for all that graduate
from the various dance programs, most never get to that level.
Many move away, or of course give up dance, partially (doing
something related like teaching dance, with occasional performance)
or completely. There are some acts we rarely see locally,
yet are desired elsewhere (those acts may be the most affected
by cuts to funding for travel for arts groups).

It's all happening right now, with the FTA in the spotlight, but
the "riff-raff" putting on shows as part of the off-FTA program.

Michael
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