Direction assistée, or power steering in automobile terms, is a mechanical orientation system that supports changing directions. It is also a choreographic work performed by four artists who assign themselves roles and challenge themselves to experience the twists and turns of language.
Conceptualisation & choreography:
Performance on stage:
Karina Iraola, Dean Makarenko, Maria Kefirova, Elinor Fueter
Diagramme, gestion culturelle
Financial supports :
Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Cocreation in studio:
Karina Iraola, Dean Makarenko, Maria Kefirova, Elinor Fueter, Audrée Juteau, Charo Foo Tai Wei
Production & presentation:
Compagnie Créations Estelle Clareton
La Serre-Arts Vivants, Espace le vrai monde, Maison de la Culture Mont-Royal, Centre d’Art Diane Dufresne, Grands Ballets Canadiens, Centre culturel Henri-Lemieux, Salle Paul Buissonneau, MAI - montréal, arts interculturels et Maison de la culture Ahuntsic
How are we choreographed by verbal communication?
Four people attempt to answer this question through language games with a series of speaking codes and communication challenges.
The quartet explores the spectators’ influence and engages them in surprising and sometimes imperceptible conversations. Juggling riddles and verbal jousts, the tasks inspire pleasure while uniting and organizing the group.
Drawing unexpected connections, Direction assistée reveals ways of entering into relation. Our perceptions are transformed through this choreography of subversive exchanges.
Very early on, Brice Noeser became attached to the world of words and inventing words to create his own worlds. Growing up in Alsace and the Antilles, and having learned several languages, he encountered dance and chose it as his discipline in Québec in 2001. In 2009, the Musée de la civilisation de Québec invited him to create an exhibition on human thought. There, he questioned notions of presence and representation by coordinating words and gestures. More recently, Ruminant Ruminant (2014) marked a turn in his process, where language became a prism to explore translation and perception. In the past five years, after several performances in Québec, namely at La Rotonde (Québec City), at the OFFTA and at the Théâtre La Chapelle in Montréal, he presented the duet in Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla, Tlaxcala), in France (Bordeaux) and in Spain (Bilbao).
Parallel to Direction assistée, he is creating a solo project that he will develop in residency for a month in Belgium and France. In 2022, he will begin work on his first choreography for young audiences commissioned by Créations Estelle Clareton, who has invited him to consider how his process might address a younger demographic.