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Daniel Léveillé - Quatuor Tristesse

Italian premiere (2018, 60’)

choreography Daniel Léveillé
performance with Mathieu Campeau, Dany Desjardins, Ellen Furey, Esther Gaudette, Justin Gionet, Simon Renaud
music John Dowland, Marin Marais, Luca Marenzio, Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin des Prés, Giovanni Salvatore, Giovanni Maria Trabaci
lighting Marc Parent
assistant choreographer Sophie Corriveau
rehearsal directors Sophie Corriveau, Frédéric Boivin
participation in the development of the choreographic composition Emmanuel Proulx
production DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse
co-production Festival TransAmériques (Montréal)
with the support of Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster), Atelier de Paris / CDCN (Paris)
creative residency Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montréal)
in memory of Martine Époque


Quatuor tristesse is the mature work of a mature artist, it is one of Daniel Léveillé’s most accomplished pieces, in a portfolio of works spanning a career that is exemplary even for the younger generations of Canadian dance. Austere in its essential beauty, Quatuor tristesse relies on an alphabet of forms carved into the raw material of dance, with radical rigour and the delicacy of vulnerability, and a touch of sweetness.
Quatuor tristesse dialogues with the theme of solitude, which Léveillé has already addressed in earlier choreographies. The rifts, the disillusionments, the vibrations of the soul are the core of the narrative in a revealing, intuitive, extremely precise pièce, in which nudity is the ideal and necessary costume, apart from the everyday conventions, in the sculptural purity of the body, devoid of artifice.

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