Probably the most erotic dance performance I’ve ever seen was at the first Magdance in March 2010. The night previous, I’d seen a big-budget, multi-media production of Alice In Wonderland by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at Conexus Arts Centre. It was big on spectacle, then the next night I saw a work called Heaven where the choreographer Sasha Ivanochko stripped away all notion of spectacle — there were no visual effects, no music, no elaborate costumes. In fact, no clothing at all. Just three dancers (two men, and Ivanochko, all nude) exploring various facets of human sexuality and love.
Chutes Incandescentes is being presented as part of Magdance 2. It’s a collaboration between Montreal choreographer Benoit Lachambre and dancer Clara Furey, and according to advance publicity it also explores human sexuality and intimacy.
Magadance 2 is co-organized by New Dance Horizons and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Chutes Incandescentes will be performed at the galery April 11 at 1:30 p.m., and April 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are Adults $25, Students & Seniors $20, Matinee $15. For more info call 525-5393.
To give you a taste, here’s a short video of Lachambre and Furey in rehearsal: