An encounter with improvised dance
Hippopotame (hippopotamus) is a true expression of improvisation in contemporary dance. The work transports the dancers into a series of movement vignettes in which their bodies and instincts come together, guided by music. With each tableau, a new improvisation is explored. (20 minutes)
Hippopotame is a structured dance improvisation performed to live music. It was created as a didactic work to introduce young audiences to the improvisational movement games that inspire Tara Luz Danse’s creative process. The work, presented in different non-traditional performance sites, puts the spectator at the heart of the action.
“Just a few feet away from the dancers, under cold neon lights, we hear the hammering of their steps and their heavy breath, we are moved by their movement, struck by a physical empathy for their efforts. […] We observe repetition building rhythm, unison creating strength, gestures and music complementing or contrasting each other, solos becoming a chorus…” Jacques Falquet, Revue Liaison, No 155, Spring 2012.
Choreographer: Anik Bouvrette
Dancers: Amanda Bon, Christine Couture and Mélissa Roy
Accompanist and Composer: Philippe Charbonneau
Photographer: Mathieu Grainger