20:30 May 08 Arts printing house (Black hall)

Normal Desires

Emile Pineault (Canada)

Direction and performance: Emile Pineault

Light and set design: Julien Brun

Sound design: Joël Lavoie

Dramaturgic advisor: Sebastian Kann

Outside eyes: Peter James, Mimi Jeong

Production: Danse-Cité

Creatives residencies: Circuit-Est, Espace Libre, Fondation L’Abri (Genève), Jakta 78 (Prague), Monument National, Destelheide (Dworp)

Premiere: 2018

Duration: 60′

(c) David Wong, Romain Huck, Maxim Paré Fortin, Romain Huck

In Normal Desires, Emile Pineault invites us to open ourselves to acrobatic sensation. A lone figure on stage constantly overflows itself, its edges blurred in kinetic ecstasy. Impact, flux, repetition, constraint, squeezing, pushing, heat, vibration – Pineault’s work moves us through a series of states and affective spaces, mobilizing not only the body but also the powerful technologies of the theatre space to convey a subtle yet intense physical experience.

Emile Pineault is an experienced circus artist, and in this first solo work he takes a critical look at the conventions of acrobatic practice. Here, the circus body is no longer in a position of mastery but rather criss-crossed with lines of irresistible force. A deep engagement with light, sound, created live by Julien Brun and Joël Lavoie, and physical practice works towards the mediation of an acrobat’s ‘inner-motion’, proposing acrobatics as a shared experience – fleshy, rigorous, and intensely hypnotizing.

Being immersed in the circus world since a young age has led Emile Pineault to profoundly re-examine his practice and the artistic field in which he evolves. Positioning himself in a break with the current aesthetics that tend to define and frame the circus practice, he works to decentralize and open the possibilities by proposing circus as a medium part of the complex network of the contemporary art. His current research focuses on sensoriality, embodiments and recycling of his acrobatic practice. He makes acrobatics a shared experience, as visceral and palpable for the viewer as it is for the acrobat.