Choreographer/s | Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth
Name of piece | À bout de bras
Venue | Firehall Arts Centre
Give a listen to this recent interview conducted by Amber Barton, Interim Program Director of New Works, with the members of Parts+Labour_Danse, Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth.
In this powerful and theatrical solo, David Albert-Toth explores our innermost paradoxes. Our thirst for solitude flirts with our fear of being alone, and our infinite desires remain eternally unfulfilled.
Co-choreographed with, and directed by Emily Gualtieri, David is in turn dancer, actor, and magician: a self-undermining virtuoso. The choreographic duo summons the myth of Tantalus and revisits it with the complicity of playwright Étienne Lepage. On stage, David speaks to us with irreverent humour about the absurdity of our primal desires, and of the unspeakable things we are ready to do to satisfy them. He taps deeply into his uncommon, writhing physicality, through trial and error, crystallizing into form and force in fleeting moments. The work is unpredictable, imbued with ambivalent and conflicting desires. As the body shifts through states playing against the duo’s intricate choreographic writing, the piece invokes a global experience of vulnerability, scrutinizing the modern-day individual and, by extension, each one of us.
"When dance and theater are combined well, we are treated to a true moment of grace. À bout de bras delights with its level of virtuosity. A jewel of the performing arts. " - Théâtralités.com
Choreographer | Creator Name: Emily Gualtieri, David Albert-Toth
Performer: David Albert-Toth
Lighting board and technical direction: Paul Chambers
Stage manager: Emily Gualtieri
Composer: Antoine Berthiaume
Parts+Labour_Danse is composed of two Montreal choreographers who have made a name for themselves. Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth explore the ambiguities of the human experience in dynamic works that charm and challenge. Marked with a distinct physicality, their works play freely with theatrical codes in an effort to propel their audiences into unexpected and exciting experiences that explore our dreams and regrets, from our innermost reflections to the furthest limits of our expression. They have been producing their works since 2011 across Canada, winning various awards and nominations over the years. David and Emily regularly teach master classes and workshops, have been commissioned for more than a dozen works nationally, and have recently begun more international activity. They are regular guest teachers at many of Canada's leading institutions, as well as at international workshop series.
Emily Gualtieri is a two-time Dora Award-nominated choreographer and dance artist working in both Montreal and Toronto. After several years spent choreographing independently, Emily began a creative partnership with David Albert-Toth, founding Parts+Labour_Danse in 2011. Their 2013 works In Mixed Company and La chute have won various awards, and their works have been created and presented in Canada and Europe. Emily has participated in and led artist residencies in Montreal, Toronto, Banff, Halifax, Massachusetts, and Berlin. Emily created À la prochaine (2013), performed by Ginelle Chagnon and commissioned by Older & Reckless, Re:Pairing (2015), a DanceWorks CoWorks production, and Stealing Fire (2016) a commission for Mocean Dance.
Emily premiered La vie attend (2017) with Parts+Labour_Danse, Efer (2021; Prix RIDEAU) co-produced and presented by Danse Danse, and directed À bout de bras, co-produced and presented by Agora de la danse in 2022.
David Albert-Toth is a dancer, choreographer, composer, and co-artistic director of Parts+Labour_Danse. A disposition towards eclectic artistic encounters has led David to perform throughout North America and Europe. Notable collaborations include work with Frédérick Gravel, Human Playground, Lemieux.Pilon 4D-Art and Peter Trosztmer, We All Fall Down, and Compagnie Destins Croisés. He has contributed to interdisciplinary works by Cédric Délorme-Bouchard, CHA Collective (Paul Chambers & David-Alexandre Chabot), Thibaut Duverneix (Gentilhomme), Dominique Porte, Julie Favreau, Moment Factory, Phi Centre, WANT Les Essentiels, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
David began a choreographic partnership with Emily Gualtieri in 2011, founding Parts+Labour_Danse. Their works include In Mixed Company (2013; Prix Coup de pouce, Vue sur la relève 2015), La chute (2013; Top Ten 2013 – Dance Current, Audience Choice Award, dance:made in canada festival 2015), La vie attend (2017; Dora Mavor Moore Award 2020 nomination, Outstanding Ensemble), co-produced by Danse-Cité and presented at La Chapelle, Efer (2021; Prix RIDEAU, Parcours Danse 2021) co-produced and presented by Danse Danse, and most recently À bout de bras, a solo he performs, coproduced by Agora de la danse in 2022.
July 8th @ 7:00 PM
July 9th @ 9:00 PM
Presented in Association with New Works
Approx. Running Time: 60 minutes