Cie Manuel Roque
Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Manuel Roque's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this workshop.
The workshop focuses on kinesthetic exploration as well as the awareness of one's self, the group and the environment. Through improvisation exercises and set material, the dancer is brought to question the notions of physical experiences, sharing and state of grace in order to create meeting points between virtuosity and somatic awareness, with the aim of infinitely renewing the pleasure of dancing.
In parallel to an exalting and motley career as a performer (Cie Marie Chouinard, Dominique Porte, Peter James, Sylvain Émard, Paul André Fortier …), Manu briefly wore the choreographer’s hat (Brendon et Brenda, 2002; Ô mon bateau, 2004) before creating and performing RAW-me (2010), a solo which received many awards from Festival Vue sur la Relève and OFFTA, followed by “Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde”, a duet of a more “Danse-Theater” flavor, created and performed with Lucie Vigneault.
He founded Cie Manuel Roque in 2013 and created the project “In Situ” for Place-des-Arts de Montréal’s public space in 2014. His solo Data (2014) explores the mutation of matter and was presented at Usine C, then at the June Event Festival (Paris) for the 2015 FTA and again in an international tour. In addition to his participation in the European project Migrant Bodies where he created Matière Noire, Manu choreographed Aurora for the EDCM graduates, then 4-OR which was presented by Tangente and Parcours Danse in December 2015 in Montreal. His latest creation, a solo entitled Bang bang, emerged in the city of Lyon in April 2017, then at the Montreal 2017 FTA and won the Oeuvre chorégraphic 2017 Award from Prix de la Danse de Montréal.
His creative universe explores the mixing of contemporary languages and puts into dance a kinesthetic virtuosity combined with a polymorphic questioning of the contemporary human condition.