Glace vive (Thin ice)
A co-presentation of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Fortier Danse-Création & The School of Contemporary Dancers
Choreography: Paul-André Fortier
Music: Jimi Hendrix
Rehearsal Directors: Ginelle Chagnon, Faye Thomson
Dancers: Aaron Paul, Trevor Pick
Understudies: Mark Dela Cruz, Shawn MacLaine
This work was originally performed by Brett Owen and Aaron Paul.
A co-presentation of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers & Fortier Danse-Création
Choreography: Paul-André Fortier
Dancers: Paul-André Fortier and Robin Poitras
Music: Alexander MacSween
Lighting design: John Munro
Set design and accessories: Edward Poitras
Costumes design: Denis Lavoie
Choreographer’s assistant and rehearsal mistress: Ginelle Chagnon
Technical Director: Victor Lamontagne
- Festival TransAmériques, Montreal
- The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Toronto
- National Arts Centre, Ottawa
- Brian Webb Dance Company, Edmonton
- Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa
Paul-André Fortier wants to recognize the special contribution of Robin Poitras to the development of the choreography of Misfit Blues. While she is not a co-author of the piece, Robin Poitras fed the creation process with her presence and with her exceptional improvisation skills.
This work is dedicated to Denis Lavoie.
Paul-André Fortier has made an immense contribution to contemporary dance in Quebec over the past 40 years as a pioneering creator, performer and teacher. He has created nearly 50 choreographies, solos, group pieces and site-specific works. A performer with a striking presence, this self-described “man who dances” challenges himself with spatial, time and technique constraints that push his own limits and those of his art. Inspired by the crossover of various artistic disciplines, he has collaborated with other leading artists, including Françoise Sullivan, Betty Goodwin, Rober Racine, Alain Thibault, Robert Morin and Malcolm Goldstein. Paul-André Fortier began his performance career in the 1970s as a member of Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire, dancing in some of the first works of his peers (Édouard Lock, Daniel Léveillé). In 2010, he was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2012, he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and an appointement to the Order of Canada as Officer. In 2013, he received a Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec career grant. At the age of 67, Paul-André Fortier is still performing his unique take on dance polished by maturity.
Robin Poitras is one of Saskatchewan’s most prolific dance and performance creators. Creating dance, performance and installation works, she has been actively engaged in contemporary dance practice since the early 80s. For many years Robin has traversed the formal worlds of dance and performance art. Her practice is rooted in a physical world comprised of choreography, dance and actions/acts. Her work often involves the use of found or formed objects, texts, images, sound and/or other media. She co-founded New Dance Horizons in 1986, where she continues to act as Artistic Director. With an interest in research into diverse fields of artistic and somatic practice she has developed a unique interdisciplinary approach. Robin’s works have been presented across Canada, in Spain, France, Germany, Mongolia and Mexico. She is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 Mayor’s Awards for Business & The Arts in Regina, and the 2004 Women of Distinction Award for the Arts.
Edward Poitras is a multi media visual artist with a background in performance creation. A product of the experimental Indian Art Cultural programs of the 1970s, Edward has worked as a teacher in the arts and has worked in communications in an audio visual department and as a freelance graphic artist. Edward has also been involved with a number of Aboriginal artist run centre’s and has curated a series of exhibitions whose focus was Treaty Four Territory. He has also co-curated a couple of story teller festivals. He has worked in performance with Robin Poitras since the early 80’s and has also worked with a number of other artists from various backgrounds and disciplines. Edward has shown his work in international art biennials and other major national exhibitions. Edward lives on George Gordon First Nation.
Aaron Michael Paul began his early dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After six years in the Professional Division, Aaron continued his studies at the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers and graduated from the Program in May 2015. He performed with the Program at the Canada Dance Festival 2014 including in works by Sylvain Émard, Gaile Petursson-Hiley and Tedd Robinson. Aaron has had the opportunity to perform in numerous professional works including with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Odette Heyn-Projects, Company Constance Cooke, Drive Dance, and Mouvement Winnipeg Dance Projects/Gaile Petursson-Hiley. He is currently an apprentice with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers.
Aaron was honoured to be a performer within the original cast of Paul-André Fortier’s ‘Thin Ice’ and had the opportunity to perform the work in New Dance Horizons ‘Men in Dance’ performance series.
Originally from Edmonton, Trevor Pick is currently a third year student in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. In March, Trevor will perform with the upper level dancers of the Professional Program in New Dance Horizon’s Prairie Dance Circuit performance series in Regina. He will also be performing with the Professional Program at the Canada Dance Festival 2016 in Ottawa, including in works by Robert Desrosiers, Roger Sinha, and Darryl Tracy. He received a bursary award to attend the 2015 Pilobolus Summer Workshop Series, where he had a chance to explore the company’s techniques of partnering, improvisation and creation. He has performed in professional projects with choreographers Paula Blair and Ming Hon.
Trevor is honoured to perform in Paul-André Fortier’s ‘Thin Ice’.
Shawn MacLaine is from Toronto and is currently a third year student in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. As a member of the Professional Program he has performed in works by Stephanie Ballard, Marc Boivin, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Brent Lott, JenniferMascall, Casimiro Nhussi, and Gaile Petursson-Hiley. In March, Shawn will perform with the upper level dancers of the Professional Program in New Dance Horizon’s Prairie Dance Circuit performance series in Regina. He will also be performing with the Professional Program at the Canada Dance Festival 2016 in Ottawa, including in works by Robert Desrosiers, Roger Sinha, and Darryl Tracy.
Shawn is honoured to have the opportunity to understudy Paul-André Fortier’s ‘Thin Ice’.
Mark Dela Cruz is from Winnipeg and is currently a second year student in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. As a member of the Professional Program he has performed in works by Jolene Bailie, Stephanie Ballard, Marc Boivin, Susie Burpee, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Brent Lott, and Gaile Petursson-Hiley. He will also be performing with the Professional Program at the Canada Dance Festival 2016 in Ottawa, including in works by Robert Desrosiers and Roger Sinha.
Mark is delighted to have the opportunity to understudy Paul-André Fortier’s ‘Thin Ice’.