The European premiere of the provocative performance Le cri des méduses by the Canadian multidisciplinary artist Alan Lake will be presented during ONE DANCE WEEK 2020.
On the stage, on a rolling wooden structure, nine dancers wander without direction in between nightmares and reality, with their bodies tangled on the edge of the abyss. The impact of their intense physical dance is enhanced by the powerful set design.
Le cri des méduses will be presented on September 27 at 7 pm at the Boris Hristov House of Culture – Plovdiv and is recommended for viewers of age 18 +.
The Quebec choreographer, director and visual artist Alan Lake creates a gloomy “reality dream” in which disaster seems to have just happened. He skillfully combines the strength of the collective with that of the individual to convey, with clear notes of courage and shock, a sense of helplessness, the thirst for survival and the triumph of life.
Le cri des méduses, one of the highlights of the program of the 13th edition of the dance festival, is inspired by the famous painting The Raft of the Medusa (1819) by the French artist Théodore Géricault, depicting the survivors of the ship Medusa. Pyramids of human bodies and debris floating in the gloomy waters between life and death.
Thus, after the worldwide success of Ravages (2015), the Quebec choreographer and his company Alan Lake Factor (e) offer the viewers a new creative quake that solidifies their position as one of the most significant names on the Canadian contemporary scene at the moment.
“Fatal beauty and sensuality blend with darkness. Lake is especially adept at creating multifaceted and multifunctional paintings that transform space. ” La Presse estimates.
Choreographer, dancer, director and visual artist, Alan Lake combines his many passions and talents in his stage work since 2003 in Quebec. Landscapes, the recurring cycles of life and the polarity of reality are the main characters in his work. It is while exploring different objects and images that Alan Lake discovered contemporary dance.
In 2007, he founded Alan Lake Factori(e), a company dedicated to the creation of choreographic works, installations and dance films that bring to light the relationship between the moving body, space and the cycle of life and death that underlies them.
He describes his choreographic language as hybrid. A technique through which he creates his own world. “I consider myself a symbolist. I explore the interrelationships between the body, captured images, sculptures and raw material. “
Even before he completed his studies at the École de danse de Québec, Lake began to present movement-based multidisciplinary works. Recognized as one of Quebec’s most talented artists, he also received the Audience Award during his Vidéastes Recherché-es festival for his play “9 Minutes, 2 Fois”. “Ravages” won him the Best Director Award at the 2016 San Francisco Dance Film Festival, the Pleins Écrans de Montréal Jury Prize, and was named Best Experimental Dance Work by the International Screenwriting Movement Fiver In Spain. Lake also won the Audience Award in Dance Category: Made in Canada in Toronto, as well as an award from the FuoriFormato Dance Festival in Italy in June 2018.