Monastère des Augustines
1:30 (without intermission)
Harold Rhéaume (Quebec City)
What are the collectivistic values that support living together at a time of peak individualism? Choreographer Harold Rhéaume tackled this complex issue with his 1998 piece The Ten Commandments. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his company Le fils d’Adrien danse, the creator reshaped his work into a walk-through performance in one of Quebec City’s most iconic Catholic Heritage sites. Both bewitching and soothing, Le Monastère des Augustines envelops the performers in a sacred aura as members of the audience move from one space to another, encountering bodies that are in turn fiery and fragile, undulating, overexcited, strained, furious, disarticulated, in retreat and on the verge of taking flight. At the core of each performer’s movements, hands that speak louder than words.
Above all, it is a hauntingly unifying display of emotions refracted through the subtle prism of the Decalogue and elevated by the organic-electronic melodies of Josué Beaucage. Its resounding message for a world too often dominated by hatred: the most important thing is harmony—with oneself as well as with others.