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