DAVE ST-PIERRE Montreal
His dancers are naked, which provokes and irritates the audience. At the same time, his performances also draw thundering applause and ovations. “Being naked isn’t a bad thing. You can see people’s amazing bodies, their muscles and the many differences between them”, said Canadian dancer and choreographer Dave St-Pierre.
His work focuses on the existential themes of life and death, with isolated characters frantically seeking and yearning for closeness and affection. “La Pornographie des âmes” combines dance and theater into a work that is as wild as it is poetic. Dave St-Pierre commented on the piece: “It just exploded out of me somehow. I didn’t think much about it, I just did it – as if I were following some inner urge.”
Dave St-Pierre was born in Montreal and attended ballet school as a child. He later trained and danced with well-known dancers and major companies. Dave St-Pierre founded his own company of dancers and actors in 2003, which provides experimental ground for both the choreographer and ensemble alike. Dancer Enrica Boucher: “You can really push your limits and explore your fantasies.” Dancer Erik Robidoux: “It means something. Instead of concentrating on the nudity, you should have a good time. It makes the performance authentic and artistic.“
Co-production: Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, L’Agora de la danse, Tangente, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and Ministère des Relations Internationales