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Dancemakers Presents – Catherine Tardif’s Le Show Triste

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by Paula Citron.
Le Show Triste
Et Marianne et Simon
Choreographed by Catherine Tardif
Performed by AnneBruce Falconer, Sophie Corriveau, Peter James, Marc Boivin and Guy Trifiro
Dancemakers Centre for Creation until Saturday

Montreal choreographer Catherine Tardif has long been known as a keen observer of society’s foibles, and humanity is at the core of her 2006 Le Show Triste. Sadness, however, is just the jumping off point for a deeper inquiry into human nature. This piece is far more dance theatre than it is dance.

The very clever backdrop to Le Show Triste is made up of many closed Venetian blinds that have been cobbled together which suggests we will be privy to private goings-on. Angelo Barsetti’s array of costumes evoke a parade of different people passing through. Michel F. Côté’s score is an inspired mélange of shamelessly emotional, weepy music purloined from movie soundtracks or drippy popular songs from a generation ago.

In a series of short vignettes, Tardif’s many people play their sad yet touchingly funny hour upon the stage in their pursuit of darkness. Her dancers are pure Montreal A-list.

Le Show Triste continues at Dancemakers Centre until Saturday, March

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