Clara Furey (Canada)
Concept and artistic direction: Clara Furey
Choreography: Clara Furey in collaboration with Francis Ducharme, Peter Jasko, Winnie Ho, Benjamin Kamino, Simon Portigal, Zoë Vos
Dancers: Clara Furey, Tomas Furey, Winnie Ho, Peter Jasko, Be Heintzman, Simon Portigal, Zoë Vos
Dancer during research and creation: Francis Ducharme, Benjamin Kamino
Composer and musician: Tomas Furey
Lighting design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Technical director: Claire Seller
Dramaturg: Christopher Willes
Dramaturg and artistic counselor: Angelique Willkie
Artistic advisors: Sophie Corriveau, Francis Ducharme Production: Clara Furey Executive production: Par B.L.eux
Partners and creation support: Clara Furey, Par B.L.eux, CCOV, Garage Nardini (Bassano del Grappa), Usine C, Espace Marie Chouinard, Danse à la carte, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Arsenal, art contemporain / Danse Danse, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique,
Co-production: Danse Danse
International distribution: A Propic | Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent
The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Pictures: Mathieu Verreault
In her first group creation, Cosmic Love, Montreal-based choreographer Clara Furey has developed a work around intuitive and poetic representations of physical phenomena. In a minimalist setting, in which all forms of communication become possible, C. Furey and her performers have addressed the constant transformation of energy and the ritualization of simple gestures. By questioning the idea that space is a vacuum, given the energetic bonds and dynamic forces with which it is filled, C. Furey has created a work of abstraction, which ultimately reveals the unique radiance of living bodies. Space vibrates as the seven performers move intently, paving the way for a synchronistic, participation-driven world, where energy is a shared resource.
To achieve her vision, C. Furey surrounded herself with long-standing collaborators such as lighting designer Alexandre Pilon-Guay and musical composer Tomas Furey. The latter, who is also present on stage, delivers an immersive auditory experience designed to be embraced by all the senses that allows the audience to open new spaces for introspection and imagination. Like ice becomes water, then steam, the performers united by a gluey love experienced a continuous transformative process. Like an ocean of questions both challenging and light, a rigorous and tender machine, a core of indestructible energy. Like recognizing outlines in the sky, one constellation at a time, Cosmic Love revealed itself to be a piece about empathy and listening to one another.
Clara Furey began her artistic practice in singing and music composition before entering the world of dance, studying throughout her childhood at the Paris Conservatory and later at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Early in her dance career, she worked with a number of different choreographers, including George Stamos, Damien Jalet and Benoît Lachambre, who had a significant influence on her artistic vision. Since 2011, she turns towards choreography and develops work that is centered on a hyper-awareness of sensory perception.
She’s interested in the physical and gestural search of an extreme precision, in the micro-details that form ones individuality and in the macro that unites us all. She is interested in the constant transformation of energy and in leaving space for a communicative void and the creative minds of the spectators. C. Furey is interested in the dialogue between the different mediums that make an living art work, inviting them to interact in a horizontal hierarchy.
In 2016 C. Furey moved toward artistic direction and group choreography with Cosmic Love. In this piece she works with her performers to create intuitive, poetic representations of physical phenomena against a stark stage where all forms of communication are made possible. That same year she was also invited to create a cycle of 90 solo performances for the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal entitled When Even The as part of the exhibit in homage to Leonard Cohen, A Crack in Everything.
C. Furey joined Par B.L.eux as an associate artist. Her latest creation, Rather a Ditch, a solo performed by Céline Bonnier, was presented for the first time during spring 2019 at Festival TransAmériques.