The Créations Estelle Clareton company fulfills a big cultural mediation project in winter-spring of 2018, imagined from Taking off, a key work of the choreographer's repertoire. Done in 2010 with 12 professionnal dancers, the original show had great success, also touring until 2015 in Quebec province and in Canada, not forgetting Mexico and Europe.
Therefore, between January and May of 2018, four kids groups from elementary school (8 to 11 years old), from three Montreal neighbourhoods learned the adapted choreographic work, using an approach promoting and needing both commitment and trust. Each group will have the opportunity to present their section learned over the weeks at a their neighbourhood's theatre Maison de la culture. They will then all meet to develop transitions, to piece together to whole work, to present it to the audience in the Plateau at Maison Theatre, Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 1 PM.
The learning process of the work and preparation to the shows was filmed by Jérémie Battaglia, under the for of a documentary, which unveils the choreographer's and kid's journey, through the research they have done on birds up to the final presentation on stage.
The desire to develop projects involving the young public has been growing in the choreographer's mind since 2015, while creating Stretchy, her first show intended for the young public. Many important encounters and new challenges presented themselves for CEC, and throughout the adventure, exchanges with children have always been very stimulating.
The richness and relevance of the company's collaborations with the school community are undeniably confirmed by the unique experience of L'Arbre ensemble, choreographed by more than 100 youngsters in the Maisonneuve theatre hall on the occasion of the 2016 International Dance Day. Filmed and broadcasted by the Quebec Dance Group (RQD) on social networks, this video capsule garnered more than 468,000 views, 4,900 "likes" and was shared more than 7 600 times by the Internet users; an experience that became viral based on a real encounter.
Throughout the rehearsal period in schools, the choreographer realizes that Montreal's children come from all over the world, and although they are at home in this city, they remain divided in the understanding of their identity. Thoughtfully, the work is playful and unifying, Taking off treats in background the fragmented identity, uprooting and the need of gathering together. To create this work, Estelle Clareton was inspired by migratory birds which also have several houses, and carry in them, like all the uprooted ones, a void, a space without root. Taking off danced by children was then necessary ...
The project is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education through the program Une école montréalaise pour tous, which aims at the academic success and perseverance of all Montreal students facing challenges related to deprivation. This wonderful initiative breathes new life into the original work and creates opportunities for young people from different schools to come together, introduce them to their local cultural theatre (Maison de la culture), and give them a dance and community experience, as a small full-fledged citizen of the greater city of Montreal.
Public Presentations Calendar
April 26, 2018 / Maison de la culture Mercier, 10 AM
École Saint-François-d’Assise, Mercier
Teacher : Nathalie Boisvert – Brice Noeser's group
Teacher : Nancy Perron – Alexandre Parenteau's group
April 30, 2018 / Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 10 AM
École du Petit chapiteau, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Teacher : Lynda Ould-Amer – Noémie Godin Vigneau and Marie-Eve Lafontaine's group
May 3, 2018 / Maison de la culture de Pointe-aux-Trembles, 10 AM
École François-La Bernarde, Pointe aux Trembles
Teacher : Julie Bédard-Dion – Jamie Wright's group
May 8, 2018 / Maison Théâtre, 1 PM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER | Estelle Clareton
GENERAL COORDINATOR | Ginette Ferland
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR AND COORDINATOR | Nicolas Labelle
DANCER-TEACHERS | Noémie Godin Vigneau, Marie-Eve Lafontaine, Brice Noeser, Alexandre Parenteau, Jamie Wright
THE STUDENT DANCERS - IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
- École Saint-François-d’Assise / Enseignantes : Nathalie Boisvert et Nancy Perron – groupe de Brice Noeser et d’Alexandre Parenteau
- École du Petit-Chapiteau/ Enseignante : Lynda Ould-Amer – groupe de Noémie Godin Vigneau et Marie-Eve Lafontaine
- École François-La Bernarde / Enseignante : Julie Bédard-Dion – groupe de Jamie Wright
REHEARSAL LEADER | Annie Gagnon
COMPOSER | Éric Forget
COSTUMES AND ACCESSOIRES CONCEPTION | Annie Gélinas
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Martin Labrecque adapté par Karine Gauthier
DANCE MEDIATOR | Sophie Michaud
VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY | Jérémie Battaglia
Merci à Julie Gauthier et Pascale René de Cotret de la maison de la culture Mercier, Julie Jacob de la maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles et Mylène Robillard du Centre culturel de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
A Créations Estelle Clareton production in partnership with :
« Ce projet bénéficie du soutien financier de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal intervenue entre la Ville de Montréal et le ministère de la Culture et des Communications ».