The Firehall Arts Centre is thrilled to present the premiere of Contes Cruels choreographed and directed by Serge Bennathan from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, 2018.
Produced by Les Productions Figlio, Contes Cruels started as a short piece premiered at the Dancing On The Edge Festival last year, and now comes back to the Firehall stage as a fully formed dance performance written and choreographed by Serge Bennathan.
“Contes Cruels is a journey, a voyage in which we follow a group of individuals trying to make sense together through their efforts, through their desire of going further, not in the name of an aesthetic but a vital need to exist, to live” – Serge Bennathan.
Serge Bennathan was the artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006. Twelve works of Bennathan for Dancemakers have received Dora Mavor Moore nominations with both Sable/Sand and The Satie Project receiving the award for Outstanding New Choreography. Also known for his extensive work with opera companies and directors, Bennathan directed his first main stage opera, Rossini’s Tancredi, at the COC in 2005 and in June 2008 he directed Renard for the COC ensemble.
Serge Bennathan lives now in Vancouver where he created Les Productions Figlio. Since its founding in 2006, Les Productions Figlio has produced seven full-length works: The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch, a play with actor Jonathon Young premiered in 2007 in Vancouver. It was also performed at the Fringe Festival of Singapore in January 2008 and toured Canada in January/February 2009. Manga, a duet for Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan, premiered in Vancouver and Toronto in November 2007. Slam for a Time Traveller was commissioned by Dancing on the Edge Festival on the occasion of its 20th anniversary in July 2008. The Strange Adventure of Myself, a solo performance for Sylvain Senez, premiered the 15th October 2009 at the Firehall Theatre in Vancouver. Conversations, a play about an imaginary encounter between Federico Garcia Lorca and his murderer Juan luis Trescastro was co-produced by The Dance Centre and the Chutzpah! Festival, and premiered in 2011.
Outside of his work with Les Productions Figlio, Serge is active in opera, dance, and theatre, internationally. A writer and a painter, Bennathan has written and illustrated four books: Julius le piano voyageur, published by the French-language publishing house Le GREF in Toronto, The Other Moon of Mr. Figlio, A Few Thousand Miles, a collection of poems about dance, dancers and the dance of life and recently Not-a-fear/Peurderien. His paintings reflect the poetry of the human soul; its dreams, imagination and humour.
Contes Cruels runs May 23 – 26 at the Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets available here.