Manuel Roque (Canada)
Choreography and performance: Manuel Roque
Rehearsal direction and artistic advice: Sophie Corriveau and Lucie Vigneault
Dramaturgy: Peter James
Costumes and scenography: Marilène Bastien
Lighting: Marc Parent
Music: Manuel Roque, including excerpts by Debussy, Chopin, Merzbow, 2001 Space Odyssey, Tarkowky
Production direction: Judith Allen
Production: Cie Manuel Roque
Executive producer: Daniel Léveillé Danse
Co-production: Festival TransAmériques
Supported by: fabrik Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany), Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal, Canada), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal, Canada), Théatre Hector-Charland (L’Assomption, Canada), Les Subsistances (Lyon, France), Agora de la danse (Montreal, Canada), Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts de Montréal
Acknowledgments: Indiana Escach, Élise Bergeron and Alexia Martel
This production receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé Danse (Montreal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project.
Cie Manuel Roque is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.
(c) Marilène Bastien
bang bang is a personal – and therefore universal – contemporary ritual that allows the body to express itself at its most combative and desperate, at its most free. A present-day study about surpassing oneself, bang bang is a stage creation for a kamikaze soloist that has resistance as a theme. The work follows a score that is also an ordeal. It both literally and figuratively questions the notion of performance, from the space of representation to the metaphors of our contemporary Western pace of life.
Progressively, sweat begins to trickle, faults become alive, the intimacy of being appears in the background. The performer dances until he loses himself, until the why and the how stop making sense, until the necessity of presence has vanished. All the while, the spectators travel along through kinesthetic empathy. No narrative, only a lonesome body, immersed in the exhilaration of an ordeal in which pleasure and suffering mix together and modestly come to life in a paradoxical, ambiguous and multifaceted space.
In parallel to his career as a performer for leading Quebec choreographers (Marie Chouinard, Sylvain Émard, Daniel Léveillé, etc.), Manuel Roque independently developed short choreographic forms. His first solo, Raw-me (2010), distinguished itself at Festival Vue sur la Relève and at the OFFTA. In 2012, he co-created with performer Lucie Vigneault the duo Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde. He then, in 2014, created In Situ, presented at Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts.
The same year, M. Roque created a solo that drew its inspiration from the mutations of matter. First presented at Usine C (Montreal), Data was then performed in 2015 at Festival TransAmériques (FTA) and in many other cities around the world. M. Roque was invited to participate in Migrant Bodies, a research project initiated by Canadian and European partners, in the context of which he created Matière Noire (2015). Other creations followed: Aurora (2015), developed for the graduates of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal; 4-OR (2015), presented at Tangente (Montreal); and his most recent solo, bang bang, presented in 2017 at Les Subsistances (Lyon), FTA and Festival June Events (Paris).
M. Roque won the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique (CALQ award for best choreographic work) of the 2016-2017 season as well as the Prix de la danse de Montréal, catégorie Interprète (Montreal dance award, Performer category) for this latest work.