Fou glorieux: Louise Lecavalier founded her contemporary dance company in 2006, to have the freedom to explore and to work with artists whose vision is close to her own. To bring together dancers and collaborators of all ages and horizons around a fully mature performer to carry out creation projects in a flexible, open framework; to encourage and deepen the search for movement and pure expression in dance creations: these are the mandates the company has set itself. An anchoring point for a nucleus of loyal collaborators, Fou glorieux maintains a virtual office and works in a studio in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district in Montreal. In 2014, the company received the 29th Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Fou glorieux’s past and future travel agenda is crowded with numerous tours. With its presentation of a program comprising the solos Lone Epic (Crystal Pite) and “I” Is Memory (Benoît Lachambre) and the duet Lula and the Sailor (Tedd Robinson), the company performed in nearly 50 cities in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as at more than 20 festivals. The double program of duets, Children and A Few Minutes of Lock, was performed 92 times in 16 countries from its December 2009 premiere at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany, until its last performance in Ferrara, Italy, in November 2013; during this tour, venues in 46 major cities in North America, Europe, Brazil, and Australia were 80% full on the average. On July 5, 2012, the first part of So Blue, directed and choreographed by Louise Lecavalier, was presented in avant-premiere at Salzburg’s Sommerszene Festival. The full-length work premiered on December 7, 2012, at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, and its North American premiere took place on June 7, 2013, at Festival TransAmériques in Montreal. Since then, So Blue has toured constantly in North and South America, Europe, And Asia.
In 2016, Battleground premiered at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf on February 13 and 14 and had its North American premiere at Festival TransAmériques at the Monument National in Montreal, besides being presented at CENTQUATRE in Paris and at the Biennale de Lyon. This work will tour over the next few years.
“The starting point,” explains Louise Lecavalier, “is my fascination for the impulse of movement, which precedes all forms of human communication and bares the soul. With this approach, her research in solo and duet form is based on a self-surpassing, risk-taking, and wholehearted quest for the absolute in which she attempts to elicit the “more than human in the human.” She explores her art with other “glorious fools” such as dance creators Tedd Robinson, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite, Nigel Charnock, Fabien Prioville, Jakop Ahlbom, and Deborah Dunn; music composers Mercan Dede, Hahn Rowe, and Antoine Berthiaume; visual artist Laurent Goldring; and lighting designer Alain Lortie. In the past few years, Louise has been fully committed to the choreographic adventure of So Blue and BATTLEGROUND.
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Fou glorieux enjoys the support of several theatres and festivals, in particular Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Usine C (Montreal), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, and CENTQUATRE (Paris). Private partners include Transcontinental.
The company receives grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Fou glorieux is incorporated in Quebec under Section III of the Companies Act.
Louise Lecavalier is an Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa).
Louise Lecavalier is an Associate International Artist of the CENTQUATRE (Paris).
The company is a member of the Regroupement québécois de la danse and of La Danse sur les routes du Québec.
Internet site by Minimal with video clips from Raymond St-Jean’s film on Louise Lecavalier.
Jakob Mark© - Youichi Tsukada©
Lula and the Sailor
Angelo Barsetti© - Youichi Tsukada© - Carl Lessard©
«I» Is Memory
Is You Me
André Cornellier©, Massimo Chiaradia©
Children and A Few Minutes of Lock
André Cornellier©, Katjia Illner©
André Cornellier©, Ursula Kaufmann©