Photos: Michael Slobodian & Maaike Sears
‘’The life of a couple is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”
—Inspired by Vivian Greene
Ballet Ouest de Montréal presents Couples, by Claude Caron.
Couples, featuring six dancers, is an exploration of couples in their many forms. From young lovers in the bloom of youth to older partners, from relationships that are just beginning to those starting to fade, the various stages that couples experience are explored through music and movement, and highlighted with multimedia effects. It is an emotional experience that will draw audiences in and remind them of their own stories of love, joy and loss.
I wanted to create an emotional experience through which the audience could revisit their own stories of love, joy and loss...the moments from which they learned to “dance in the rain”. The various tableaus of this work explore, in a tender, nostalgic, humorous and self-deprecating fashion, the diverse situations encountered in the life of a couple. The idea is to touch the audience, make them laugh, cry and above all recognize themselves in the characters presented.
I also wanted to explore the lives of couples because these relationships are profoundly human experiences that everyone can relate to, and that provide an inexhaustible source of inspiration. While our experiences may differ, they all possess the same common threads, and therefore join us together. The cycle of all relationships share the same variables: couples who meet, transform, sometimes separate, but always leaving a mark on those they have touched.
—Claude Caron, Artistic Director of Ballet Ouest de Montréal and creator of the production
Choreography and Staging by Claude Caron
Sound Editing by Tinkerbell Media
Musical excerpts from Sydney Beckett, Dmitri Chostakovitch, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Avro Part, The Platter, No Doubt, Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor, Phil Collins, The Beatles, Samuel Barber, Sisaundra Lewis, Nina Simone, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy and Van Morrison
Multimedia by Jerome DeLapierre
Set Design by Hervé Holdrinet
Ballet Ouest de Montréal thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their financial support.