Firehall Arts Centre
Dance pioneer and festival favourite Paul-André Fortier returns to the Edge with a new sublimely funny work. Misfit Blues takes the audience on a theatrical journey from laughter to tears, as Paul-André Fortier and Robin Poitras get wild and silly, appearing in a whole new light in this bittersweet caricature of the grand human comedy. These seminal performers explore the tragic, tender, challenging world of the modern couple, presenting perverse, hilarious characters – angelic tramps straight out of a Beckett play or burlesque cinema. Sublime misfits.
“[Poitras] is one of Canada’s greatest dancers and [Fortier] is one of the country’s best choreographers, their teaming up results in pure gold.” Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
“Do You feel like something breathtaking; do you need to see something amazing? Then go and see Paul‐André Fortier. Watching his choreographic language is a lesson in absolutely meticulous balance, enhancing the beauty of the dancer’s body with a fullness devoid of exaggeration […]. His Body language still exudes steady, gentle, hypnotic energy.” Maud Cucchi, Le Droit, Ottawa
Paul-André Fortier has made an immense contribution to contemporary dance in Quebec over the past 40 years as a pioneering creator, performer and teacher. He has created nearly 50 choreographies, solos, group pieces and site-specific works. Interested in the crossover between different generations and art forms, he regularly features young dancers in his work, as well as other artists. In 2010, he was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2012, he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and an appointment to the Order of Canada as Officer. At the age of 67, Paul-André Fortier is still performing his unique take on dance polished by maturity.
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Photo: Xavier Curnillon