A new performance for all ages

Written by Julien Lévesque on . Posted in Media Release

Ottawa, September 28, 2016 – Tara Luz Danse presents its new creation, Les bâtons, from the imagination of choreographer Anik Bouvrette. This work will welcome children and adults alike into a playful universe where dancers move and transform colourful sticks in unexpected ways. This piece is one of the first opportunities for the company to combine the work of three dancers and a musician on stage. Les bâtons will be presented on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Richcraft Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

When choreographer Anik Bouvrette discovered these colorful objects in schools, known as “boomwhackers”, she immediately knew she wanted to integrate them in her new work. When she began the creative process in the winter of 2015, she was deeply surprised and inspired by the many ways to use these objects in the movement and in the music.

For Anik Bouvrette, the object is a point of entry for the audience, making the work more accessible. “We presented excerpts of the work on a few occasions and I noticed that people have an immediate connection with this object. Its first use is a musical instrument, but the creative process led us to go much further with this object. With Les bâtons, I want to engage children and adults through imagination and reflection.”

The performance is 50 minutes. The audience will be invited to meet the dancers and artists after the performance. Tickets cost $18.50 for the general public and $14.50 for holders of MIFO’s Carte Privilège and for Front + Centre members. Tickets can be purchased online at shenkmanarts.ca or by telephone at 613-580-2700.

This work, the product of the imaginative choreographer Anik Bouvrette, depicts four performers venturing into a world where sticks create a myriad of images. Inspired by these colourful objects, they play at transforming them in unexpected ways. In rhythm with accompanying sounds and live music, they use their bodies and ingenuity in a performance that is both playful and dynamic.

Choreographer: Anik Bouvrette
Dancers: Amanda Bon, Alexane Couture and Mélissa Roy
Musician: Marianne Dumas
Composers: Philippe Charbonneau, Marianne Dumas and François Gravel
Set Elements: Karen Goetzinger
Lighting Designer: Paul Auclair

Tara Luz Danse would like to thank the following partners for their generous support: Shenkman Arts Centre, MIFO and its partner Le Droit, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Community Foundation of Ottawa, City of Ottawa, Ontario Arts Council, AOE Arts Council, Caisses populaires Rideau-Vision and Trillium and Ogilvie Dental. A warm thank you to the members of the Tara Luz Danse Circle of Donors.


Les bâtons will also be presented on October 20 and 21 as part of a series of performances presented to students from five local schools. These performances are part of a larger project in which students participate in a pre-show and post-show workshops offered in each school by the artists of Tara Luz Danse. This project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.

For more information
Nadia Desrochers
Communications and Operations Coordinator
Tara Luz Danse
Ph.: 613-580-2424 ext. 27227
Email: nadia@taraluzdanse.ca

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