On November 21, 2017, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault launched the choreographic toolkits Bagne, by Jeff Hall and Pierre-Paul Savoie, and Les Choses dernières, by Lucie Grégoire.
Digital collection of choreographic toolkits
The toolkits, based on an original idea by Ginelle Chagnon, are a collection of all the elements involved in creating dance works. They are an invaluable tool for remounting choreographies, providing insights into the aesthetic, social and historical dimensions of the works. The toolkits feature archival material, along with new documents created expressly for this purpose. The contents include choreographer bios, production schedules, choreographic notations and drawings, set and lighting design plans, costumes and makeup, press reviews, and numerous audio and visual records (recordings of rehearsals and shows, interviews with choreographers, etc.). Extensive excerpts of the toolkits are available for consultation on the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault website, helping to deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of the works.
Created in 1993, Bagne is the central work of a 12-year collaborative cycle between choreographers and dancers Jeff Hall and Pierre-Paul Savoie.
“The piece is a poetic ode to the internal and external barriers erected by humans; a physical, carnal and sensory scream; a yearning to understand our fearful conditioning.” Jeff Hall
“The creation of this choreographic toolkit was an act of memory and transmission.” Pierre-Paul Savoie
Les Choses dernières
Created in 1994 and loosely based on Paul Aster’s novel In the Country of Last Things, this solo piece is the culmination of Lucie Grégoire’s tireless quest to understand identity. In 2016, Grégoire transmitted the work to Isabelle Poirier, another dancer renowned for her intensity, to mark the 30th anniversary of the company Lucie Grégoire Danse.
“Transmitting a choreographic work like Les Choses dernières is not simply about teaching a formalized language; it is a contribution to the infinite creative possibilities of dance.” Lucie Grégoire