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Compagnie Virginie Brunelle


Complexe des Genres (2012, US Premiere)

Duration: 65 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
At the Door: $28

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Virginie Brunelle Contemporary Ballet Masterclass
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Saturday June 1, 11:30am

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Artist Info

Production Credits
Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle
Light Designer: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Technical Director: Andréanne Deschênes
Music: Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Richter, Glass, Broderick
Dancers: Isabelle Arcand, Claudine Hébert, Sophie Breton, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault, Peter Trosztmer, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre

Funded in Part by
Canada Council for the Arts, Global Affairs Canada

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Work Sample

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Complex des Genres

How can they define themselves through the constraint of traditional gender concepts? Overwhelmed by their fears, men and women collide in a forlorn attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them on the road to ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. Doubt is looming and the cold, obsessive quest for perfection is pervasive, but still, there is hope. As righteous, thinking beings, men and women can experience growth, acceptance and love. A physical and acrobatic choreography imbued with remarkable visual poetry.

Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle was founded in Montreal in 2009 and has since created four full-length works that have toured on four continents. Virginie Brunelle’s work can be recognized by her sensitive but raw performances, the cinematic qualities of her compositions, and a vocabulary that seeks to deconstruct traditional codes - using staccato rhythms and coarse movement, constantly alternating between tension and release. Above all, she is interested in humans, their emotions, and the poetry of everyday existence.

Virginie Brunelle (Artistic Director)
Virginie Brunelle graduated from Dance Creation at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2007, and founded her eponymous company in 2009. Through a quest for humanity and authenticity both in terms of her subject matter and her choice of collaborators, Virginie seeks to forge an intimate connection with the audience by constructing unique shows that strike a powerful emotional chord. Her work features sensitive but challenging performances that combine cinematographic qualities with the deconstruction of classical codes through erratic rhythms and raw energy, constantly alternating between strength and release.

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