CREATIVITY IS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY KIND OF ISOLATION
IN ESTELLE CLARETON’S LANDCAPES OF PAPER.
With Landscapes of Paper, Estelle Clareton is again reaching out to young people, eager to continue her dialogue with them. She invites children to immerse themselves in an experience free of artifice, this time, by exploring the depths of the apathy, solitude, and isolation that are so prevalent in today’s world – a world in which, ironically, the possibilities for human encounters seem infinite.
Where in Stretchy, an elastic band is the metaphor for connection between people, here, paper is the material that induces three individuals to engage with each other, and together, conceive a multitude of spaces, situations, and costumes. In this malleable landscape comprised of a gigantic sheet of paper that is wrinkled, folded, and torn, the three characters create a delicate dance, starting with their hands, expressing subconscious fears, differences, and states of being, all against the amplified sounds of the material.
In Landscapes of Paper, Estelle Clareton shows how creativity is an excellent remedy for every kind of seclusion or confinement, and that good ideas can emerge from ennui. She also shows that collaboration between individuals arises from creativity, provides unwavering support, and makes self-realisation possible. Especially in dance, collaboration among all the performers and creators is essential as much on the physical as on the emotional level. In addition, the choreographer offers the children tools to manage the anxiety generated by our competitive world, illustrating its physical symptoms through the dancers’ movements.
The work celebrates the capacity to imagine, the pleasure of being together, and the importance of taking the time to feel things. It encourages the young spectators to open up to others and to life with curiosity and confidence by transporting them to dream-like worlds, ephemeral spaces in which captivating characters interact with each other.
*Créations Estelle Clareton wishes to clarify that the paper will either be re-used in subsequent performances or recycled. A paper sculpture will be created in each performance run of the work. All suggestions from audience members will be considered!
THE CREATIVE TEAM
CHOREOGRAPHY | Estelle Clareton
CREATION ASSISTANTS AND REHEARSAL DIRECTORS | Annie Gagnon and Emmanuelle Bourassa Beaudoin
DANCERS / CO-CREATORS | Nicolas Labelle, Olivier Rousseau and Jessica Serli
SET DESIGN, PROPS AND COSTUMES | Karine Galarneau
MUSIC | Éric Forget
LIGHTING DESIGN | Karine Gauthier
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR | Catherine Comeau
PRINCIPAL CREATION PARTNER | Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre
CREATION RESIDENCIES | Maison de la culture Mercier, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Centre de création O Vertigo – CCOV, and Le Cube, international research and creation centre for theatre for children and youth.
Créations Estelle Clareton receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.