by Janine Theriault, staff writer
MONTREAL(RPRN) 5/28/09 – Genevieve Bolla and Emilie Gratton are on a mission. As with most young artists, they are taking their fresh-out-of-school enthusiasm (in their case, the Ã‰cole SupÃ©rieure de Ballet Contemporain in Montreal), infusing it with a healthy dose of determination, and mixing it all together with an intention to create outside the usual confines of their artistic medium.
The two dancers formed EvoLucidanse with this creative aim squarely in their sights. Choreographer Bolla and fellow EvoLucidanse co-founder Gratton have been busy since the companyâ€™s July â€™07 inception, producing EvoLucidanse pieces when not working with other established artists such as Dave St. Pierre (his provocative piece for Mandala Situ Danse, â€œWarningâ€, garnered praise for both dancers).
The different collaborations, though hectic, suit the dance companyâ€™s mission perfectly.
â€œWe are definitely pro-collaboration with different styles of arts, pushing our limits,â€ says Bolla to RPRN. For EvoLucidanse, though, even collaborating doesnâ€™t follow the dance worldâ€™s beaten path.
â€œShe doesnâ€™t work to music,â€ says Gratton of Bolla. In reference to the companyâ€™s May 27th world premiere of Bollaâ€™s latest work, â€œOthersâ€ – to be performed at Montrealâ€™s venerated Salla Rosa – Gratton continues, â€œ we got the music (for the piece) last week.â€
This is decidedly outside the norm, affording Bolla as choreographer the ultimate creative control and initial creative impulse; to be the party collaborated with, as opposed to the more usual dance model of building on someone elseâ€™s foundation.
â€œThe music is more for the energy and atmosphere of the piece,â€ Bolla explains to RPRN. â€œ Itâ€™s about the energy of the moment, we create our own rhythm with the movement,â€ she continues.
This leaves Bollaâ€™s two-time collaborator, electro-musician Ngabo, to write his accompaniment around the movement, a method which has worked for both parties in â€œOthersâ€ and a previous partnership, â€œRootsâ€.
But all the unique collaborating doesnâ€™t end with music; Bolla has an on-going partnership with local award-winning filmmaker Francois Miron. The artistsâ€™ first project together, a short entitled â€œHymn to Panâ€ in which Bolla starred, won first prize for Best Creation 2007 from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, and was seen at the Toronto International Film Festival the same year. Next up for the two – a BravoFact-funded video exploration of â€œOthersâ€, slated to shoot this June.
Taking these many elements together, it looks like EvoLucidanse has the momentum to keep moving for a good long time.