Productions

Joe, ensemble, hier et maintenant (2021)

Documentary project

2021


Project description

An incursion into the heart of a masterpiece by choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault. Ten artists from different generations tell their experience with this dance icon, its original creation at the UQAM in 1983 and its various revivals until 2004.

Duration : 25 minutes
Produced by Filigrane Archives.
 


The art work at the heart of the documentary

A pivotal work by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault, Joe presents an image of the human condition that is so accurate and so moving that it remains forever imprinted in the memories of those who have seen it. To the sound of 32 pairs of work boots obsessively pounding the floor, 32 dancers, dressed in long coats and hats, move in a compact mass from which individuals occasionally attempt to free themselves to escape a foreordained destiny.
An absolutely breathtaking performance that has had a profound impact on contemporary dance.    

 The art work at the heart of the documentary


With the participation of

From left to right, top to bottom :
Hélène BLACKBURN  dancer in 1983, 1984 and 1989
Marie-Josée CHARTIER  dancer in 1994
Brianna LOMBARDO  dancer in 2004
Lucie VIGNEAULT  dancer in 2004
Sonya STEFAN  rehearsal director in 2004

The interviews were filmed in the Foyer Jean-Gascon at Place des Arts, in Montreal in front of the paintings Les Années de Pèlerinage from Jean-Pierre Perreault and Sofi Dagenais (1996). The photographs were taken by Claudia Chan Tak.

With the participation of

as well as

as well as

Left to right, top to bottom :
Serge BENNATHAN  Dancemakers artistic director from 1990 to 2006 (Portrait © Sylvain Senez)
Lucie BOISSINOT  École de danse contemporaine de Montréal artistic director and program director since 2005 (Portrait © Julie Artacho)
Ginelle CHAGNON  rehearsal director in 1994, 1996 and 2004 (Portrait © Marc Boivin)
Julia SASSO  dancer in 1994 (Portrait © Craig Chambers)
Tom STROUD  dancer 1989 and 1994 (Portrait © Drew Perry)


Critics

As noted in the excellent and illuminating post-show documentary, Joe’s imagery shows how “We’re all in this together, but we’re all isolated.” And here we find ourselves, just as Perreault foretold it: collectively trudging our way through a pandemic, unable to connect, shoulders slumped, heads down, pushing up a metaphorical ramp. But, just as in Joe, it’s not all doom and gloom: there’s something deeply inspiring about the sheer will to tromp onwards.

- Janet Smith, Create a Stir (18 mars 2021)
 
Digidance is clearly dedicated to making a full evening of their online presentations. Crystal Pite’s program contained a documentary about her piece, and so does the Joe compendium, courtesy of Montreal dance historian/videographer Valérie Lessard. Unfortunately, we don’t have Perreault in the documentary, but we do have representative dancers from each of the seven productions as well as the various rehearsal directors who set the work. It is very clear that Joe had an enormous impact on everyone who either danced in it, or set it. Lessard’s inclusion of Perreault’s paintings for the piece are also a welcome illustration of the power of his genius.
 
- Paula Citron, Ludwig Van Toronto (22 mars 2021)

Critics

FILIGRANE ARCHIVES production team

FILIGRANE ARCHIVES production team

Interviews and direction Valérie Lessard
Camera and editing Gennaro De Pasquale
Camera, DOP and post-production Dominique T. Skoltz
Communications Claudia Chan Tak

This documentary from Filigrane Archives was produced as part of the Webcast programming of Joe from Jean-Pierre Perreault (filmed in 1995 for Radio-Canada), a DIGIDANCE presentation.
DIGIDANCE is an initiative of Centre national des Arts (Ottawa), DanceHouse (Vancouver), Danse Danse (Montréal) and Harbourfront Centre (Toronto).


Still photos and portraits © Claudia Chan Tak
Photos of Joe © Robert Etcheverry
Drawing ©