“…In this powerful work, the intense passage between bodily states and the total dedication of the five performers brings us to the brink of catharsis.”
– Mélanie Carpentier, Le Devoir (Montreal)
Several steps back in retrospect, a gaze free of affect, focused on exploring the life-giving impulse that drives humanity and depicting its obsessive cycles. A succession of endless recurrences, births, deaths, and rebirths, The Fading of the Marvelous is a dizzying attempt to portray that which transcends us, supported by five dancers.
Catherine Gaudet is shifting away somewhat from her previous work, dispensing with theatricality based on human relational aspects. But at the heart of her creative approach is an effort to dig beneath the social mask, and as always a strong dose of ambiguity shades the aesthetics of hesitation. In this new opus Catherine Gaudet focuses on cycles as a universal structure. To give them tangible shape, she uses the circular form – spatial, internal, instinctual – as a backdrop. More geometric and refined, these postures nonetheless convey a profoundly human experience very much attuned to the other.
„Nothing is pale here, everything is marvelous.” - Kerstin Hergt, Hannoverische Allgemeine (Hannover, Germany)
Catherine Gaudet began her dance career working for various choreographers before turning her attention to her own choreographic research in 2004. Her works include Grosse fatigue (2005), L’arnaque (2006), Sourire forcé (2009), L’invasion du vide (2009), Je suis un autre (2012), Au sein des plus raides vertus (2014), La très excellente et lamentable tragédie de Roméo et Juliette (2016), Tout ce qui va revient (2018), The Fading of the Marvelous (2018) along with a number of short works. They have been presented in Québec, France, Denmark and Belgium. Catherine Gaudet completed both her bachelor’s degree and her masters in contemporary dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is among the creative minds behind the new Centre de création O Vertigo, together with Mélanie Demers, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Ginette Laurin. She is an associate creator at Daniel Léveillé Danse (DLD) since February 2018, and receives its development and touring support.
With: Dany Desjardins, Caroline Gravel, Jean-Benoît Labrecque, Leïla Mailly, James Phillips
Performers at creation: Dany Desjardins, Caroline Gravel, Jean-Benoît Labrecque, Leïla Mailly, James Phillips
Music: Antoine Berthiaume
Assistant Dramaturgue and Rehearsal Director: Sophie Michaud
Lighting Design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Internship Performer at Creation: Marie-Philippe Santerre
Costume Design: Max-Otto Fauteau
Technical Director: Olivier Chopinet
Executive Production: DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse
Coproduction: Agora de la danse (Montréal), Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours (CCNT)
Residencies: Agora de la danse (Montreal), Centre chorégraphique national de Tours
(CCNT), Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV (Montreal), Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Danse á la carte (Montreal), École de danse Louise Lapierre (Montreal), Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montreal)
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal
Catherine Gaudet is a founding member of Lorganisme and she is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.