Battleground: now an album of the stage performance!
Battleground is a mad, unclassifiable dance work freely inspired by Italo Calvino’s novella, The Nonexistent Knight. The stage is a ring where two antiheroes wage a thousand extreme battles. Their feverish quest unfolds against an electronic vibe coloured by Antoine Berthiaume’s trance, minimalist techno, and glitch music, striking in the singular interplay of the guitars, the richness of the synthesizers, and the abundance of randomly-organized microsamples. The guitar tones morph from bright and crystalline to harsh and grating or to subtle and haunting. The score is a percussive, metallic voyage of obsessive rhythms that drives us forward like a bolting horse, sweeping us along from beginning to end.
Scheduled to tour for the next two seasons, Battleground, the dance work choreographed and performed by Louise Lecavalier, is now also an album, composed, performed, directed and mixed by Antoine Berthiaume with the complicity of his acolytes, Maxime Morin (DJ Champion), Marc Leclair (Akufen), and Rob Heaney.
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