Bang Bang

Bang Bang




Dance performance
Choreography and Performance: Manuel Roque
Rehearsal Direction and Artistic Advice: Sophie Corriveau and Lucie Vigneault
Dramaturgy: Peter James
Costumes and Scenography: Marilène Bastien
Lighting: Marc Parent
Music Manuel Roque, including excerpts by Debussy, Chopin, Merzbow, 2001 Space Odyssey, Tarkowky
Photos: Marilène Bastien
Bang Bang is a personal – and therefore universal – contemporary ritual that allows the body to express itself at its most combative and desperate, at its most free.


A present-day study about surpassing oneself, Bang Bang is a stage creation for a kamikaze soloist that has resistance as a theme. The work follows a score that is also an ordeal. Progressively, sweat begins to trickle, faults become alive, the intimacy of being appears in the background. The performer dances until he loses himself, until the why and the how stop making sense, until the necessity of presence has vanished. All the while, the spectators travel along through kinesthetic empathy. No narrative, only a lonesome body, immersed in the exhilaration of an ordeal in which pleasure and suffering mix together and modestly come to life in a paradoxical space. Manuel Roque’s solo both literally and figuratively questions the notion of performance, from the space of representation to the metaphors of contemporary pace of life.


 

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