Socio Animalus. Three musicians plugged into the power grid, six dancers ready to explode, the energy of Pop to intensify the beat, the energy of desire to set things ablaze. Quebec’s Frédérick Gravel ignites bodies and blows up the stage in Usually Beauty Fails, a surrealist and unbridled metaphor about our relation to beauty, the shock of love and the challenges of relationships. An audacious integration of popular culture and choreographic art; an invigorating and carnal work that posits conflict as art and elevates reality’s imperfections to the rank of most efficient aesthetic.

Once more bringing together dancers and musicians in a space where choreographic show and concert are interwoven, Frédérick Gravel plays with the codes of contemporary dance and pop culture to question their respective canons.

Usually Beauty Fails has a mad charm, that of a romanticism of today which knows how to make with the crudity of the desire and the sex.
- LE MONDE, par Rosita Boisseau, octobre 2014

Created in 2012


Overall conception, direction and choreography Frédérick Gravel
Dancers at the creation Kimberley de Jong, Francis Ducharme, Frédérick Gravel, Brianna Lombardo, Frédéric Tavernini, Jamie Wright
Composers Stéphane Boucher, Philippe Brault
Artistic Assistant at the creation Ivana Milicevic
Rehearsal Director Anne Lebeau (à la création) / Jamie Wright
Light Alexandre Pilon-Guay

Something chimes in me, a musical work by Stéphane Boucher, is a courtesy of Éditions Éloize.


Production Frédérick Gravel
Executive producer Daniel Léveillé Danse
Coproduction Danse Danse en collaboration avec Place des Arts, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), Moving in November (Helsinki)
Development Marie-Andrée Gougeon; George Skalkogiannis
Accueil studio Département de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Société de la Place des Arts, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Centre Segal
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Canada Council for the Arts

Administrative and Development support Daniel Léveillé Danse as part of its sponsorship project

Frédérick Gravel is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.


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