Marc Boivin/Sarah Chase

Choreographer/s | Sarah Chase

Name of piece | The door opened west

Venue | The Scotiabank Dance Centre

With modesty and sensitivity, Marc Boivin performs an autobiographical solo that sheds light on the mysterious architecture of memory. With his arms and words, he summons vibrant light beams from the darkness, erecting the delicate architecture of his life story. The veteran dancer trades his virtuosity for a humble language of the heart, in a dialogue with darkness and light.  Slowly developed over five years in collaboration with Boivin, the choreography by Sarah Chase alternates between apparition and disappearance and gracefully celebrates the language of the body, a treasure trove of memories.   

Produced:  Marc Boivin + Sarah Chase

Choreographed: Sarah Chase

Performed by: Marc Boivin with the participation Caleb St-Jean

Soundscape: Antoine Bédard

Lighting Design: James Proudfoot  

La Javanaise
Performed by Madeleine Peyroux
Courtesy of Rounder Records, a Division of Concord

Impromptu #3 in G flat Major
Franz Schubert
Performed by Michelle Mares
Winter 2
Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (2012)

Creative Residencies: Agora de la danse + Place des Arts

Thanks to Francine Bernier + Raimund Hogue + Mia Wood + Lloyd House + The Chapman family + Ellen and Robert Silverman + Lucas Liepins + Mackie Chase + Jacinte Armstrong + Edna Boivin + Robert Paquin

Written: Elsa Pépin
Translated: Luba Markovskaia + Jeff Moore

Sarah Chase
Sarah Chase, a choreographer and dancer who is currently based on Hornby Island, in the Salish Sea, first became known as a solo artist, with pieces set to the stage across Canada and in Europe. She has worked with several great choreographers, including Alexander Baervoets (Belgium), Raimund Hoghe (Germany), as well as Benoît Lachambre (Canada), created pieces for the Toronto Dance Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Andrea Nann and Dreamwalker Dance, Robin Poitras and Ron Stewart, Antonija Livingstone, Montréal Danse, and Theatre Replacement. In 2004, she won the Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize, and in 2006, she received the “Festival Prize” at the Munich Dance Biennale for her piece The Passenger. After creating autobiographical solos A Crazy Kind of Hope for Andrea Nannand, and Unmoored for Peggy Baker, Sarah Chase completes this distinctive triptych combining movement and life narratives with The door opened west, which centres on Marc Boivin.

Marc Boivin
Dancer, improviser, teacher and choreographer, Marc Boivin began his career with the Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham and in 1985 joined Ginette Laurin and her young company O Vertigo Danse. Since 1991, it is as a freelancer that we find him in the work of several choreographers from here and elsewhere, namely Louise Bédard, Mélanie Demers, Sylvain Émard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Tedd Robinson and Catherine Tardif. Affiliated with L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal since 1987, he regularly teaches and choreographs in various schools and organizations across Canada. Marc Boivin has been president of Espace Perreault – Transmissions chorégraphiques since 2006. He also chaired the board of directors of the Regroupement québécois de la danse from 2010 to 2014 and sat on the Conseil des arts de Montréal from 2005 to 2010. Marc Boivin won in 1999 the Jacqueline-Lemieux prize, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts and in 2014 and the Dora Mavor Moore prize for his performance in the piece WOULD, danced alongside Kate Holden, a choreography by Mélanie Demers.

James Proudfoot
From Edinburgh, Scotland, where he received his initial theatre training has been living in Vancouver since 1993.  For 12 years he was Technical Director of the Firehall Arts Centre.  He eventually lit shows for the Firehall Theatre Company and acted as Lighting Director for Dancing on the Edge Festival.

He was Resident Lighting Designer / Lighting Director for Ballet BC for six seasons and designed more than 20 pieces for them. 

Specialising in the realm of dance lighting, James has contributed designs for dance works to many companies, including:

Lola Dance, Company 605, Co. Erasga, Wen Wei Dance, Joe Ink, EDAM, The Contingency Plan, battery opera, Kinesis Dance, Ballet BC, Move The Company, Restless Productions, Holy Body Tattoo, MACHiNE NOiSY, Anatomica, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Les Productions Figlio, Karen Jamieson, Trial & Eros, Rachel Meyer, Action at a Distance, Out Innerspace, Helen Walkley, Ballet Jazz Montréal, Justine A. Chambers, and plastic orchid factory

Antoine Bédard
Songwriter, musician, sound designer, creator of audio-guided tours and mobile applications, Antoine Bédard is an artist of exploration. Since 2002, he has been composing contemplative and minimalist electronic music under the name Montag. After the release of several albums and numerous national and international tours (Europe, United States, Mexico, Japan), he broadened his horizons and signed the original music for more than thirty theatrical productions (Robert Lepage, Chris Abraham, Claude Poissant). He has also composed original music for films, contemporary dance and circus shows, as well as for many other artistic creations such as sound trails and installations. He is the co-founder of Portrait sonore, an organization that produces and broadcasts sound walks that highlight urban heritage through a mobile application of the same name. His recent projects include the original music for the play Je t'écris au milieu d'un bel orage, produced by the Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde, as well as the music for the stage creation Best Life, produced by the Vancouver-based company Theatre Replacement.


July 11th @ 7:00 PM

July 12th @ 7:00 PM

Approx. Running Time: 45 minutes

Credit: Michael Slobodian
Credit: Michael Slobodian
Credit: Michael Slobodian
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