TORONTO (October 5, 2015) – DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest running contemporary dance series, proudly presents the critically acclaimed Daniel Léveillé Danse in the Toronto premiere of Solitudes Solo, choreographed by the award-winning Daniel Léveillé, for two days only, Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps at Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre).

Five performers explore what it means to be alone in this beautifully startling dance presentation that earned the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) Award for the best choreographic work in the 2012-2013 season. Currently on a cross-Canada tour, it will be seen October 9-10 in Edmonton and October 28-31 in Vancouver.

The last time Daniel Léveillé Danse appeared in Toronto was when DanceWorks presented La pudeur des icebergs in 2008. When DanceWorks presented Amour, acide et noix in 2004, it earned Daniel Léveillé the Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography.

Solitudes Solo leads us – ever so painlessly – to the difficult emotional states of our human condition. In this grouping of spare, elegant dances, performed to Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin, Léveillé examines the state of solitude with his five dancers consisting of four men and one woman: Mathieu Campeau, Esther Gaudette, Justin Gionet, Emmanuel Proulx and Simon Renaud.

Over the past 35 years, well-known Montréal choreographer and dance teacher Daniel Léveillé has created more than thirty works, making a huge contribution to the evolution of the Canadian contemporary dance scene. In 2001, Amour, acide et noix confirmed his reputation on the international scene in a spectacular way. He then presented The Modesty of Icebergs (2004) and Twilight of the Oceans (2007), the two others works of his trilogy Anatomy of the imperfection. With these works, he developed a style of repetitions and short movements in choreographies that helped to reveal the beauty of human beings in all their imperfections. He chose nudity as the only possible costume in order to avoid any possible dissimulation.

Solitudes Solo marks the beginning of a new cycle of creation made of more fluid gestures and the return of a costume other than nudity – albeit minimal. Solitudes Solo eloquently reaffirms that even with austerity, we can do and say a lot as we seek unity and beauty, knowing such heights can only be reached at the risk of breaking and falling. With this quasi-spiritual ideal, Daniel Léveillé reaches the heart of his art and as the Festival TransAmériques noted at its 2014 presentation there, Solitudes Solo shows Léveillé “at the height of his powers and a choreography that is as finely chiselled as a diamond necklace.

“Mr. Léveillé exploits gravity for the full force of its downward pull. His stark, devilishly difficult vocabulary tethers the dancers to the floor, releasing them only to yank them down again.” Siobhan Burke, The New York Times (2015)

“It seemed to reinvent dance and dancer as we watched. It reminded me of young children eating: they are so slow. They treat chewing with the same respect as tasting and allow both to inspire bouts of dreaminess” – Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times – FT.com (New York, 2015)

He is a master of orderliness and here he uses compact strategies to showcase human bodies, almost as objects of anatomical study. These are bodies ready to move and, in action, the muscles are taut, the thighs bear weight and backs undulate over the spine. Léveillé embraces the possibilities in each and every man and woman he’s working with.”  – Philip Szporer, The Dance Current (Montreal, 2012)

“Daniel Léveillé pushes his dancers on paths steeper than ever in a work where aridity and tension eventually bring about joy. A great work of art.”Philippe Couture, Voir (Montréal, 2012)

More information and a short video clip is available at Daniel Léveillé Danse.

DanceWorks presents the Toronto premiere of Daniel Léveillé Danse’s Solitudes Solo, as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps.

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre)

Tickets: $19 – $37; $15 CultureBreak (under 25); $5 HipTix for students; Discounts for seniors, students and groups.

Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online: https://danceworksblog.wordpress.com/

Media Refer: Dianne Weinrib – DW Communications dw@dwcommunications.net 416-703-5479

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