New York Live Arts Theater
219 W 19th Street,
New York, NY 10011
Choreographer and performer Anne Plamondon danced in the companies of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Nederlands Dans Theater II, Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal, and between 2002 and 2016, along with choreographer Victor Quijada, she contributed to the development of RUBBERBANDance Group, first as a performer, then as artistic co-director of the company. After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Anne Plamondon made her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo, The Same Eyes as Yours. In this audacious first solo work, Plamondon dares to take on the subject of mental illness. In collaboration with actress, author, and director Marie Brassard, she superimposes realities to offer an almost panoramic view of this gripping theme. Touching in her fragility, she explores the grey zones that inhabit us and cause us suffering, the incomprehension of others, and the body, too small to contain limitless thought. In The Same Eyes as Yours, she draws us, body and soul, into a poetic dance-theater performance, inviting us to contemplate these troubling mental struggles.
About the Artists
Anne Plamondon is a choreographer and performer. She trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and graduated from l’École Supérieure de danse du Québec in 1994. She immediately joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, performing numerous works of the classical repertory choreographed by George Balanchine and Fernand Nault. The following year, she left Quebec to continue her career with Nederlands Dans Theater II in Holland (1995-1998), then with the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal (1998-2000).
Returning to Montreal in 2000, Anne worked with contemporary choreographers such as Jean Grand-Maître, Estelle Clareton, and Hélène Blackburn. Between 2002 and 2016, with choreographer Victor Quijada, she contributed to the development of RUBBERBANDance Group, first as a performer, then as artistic co-director of the company from 2006 to 2015. The inventive daring of Quijada’s choreography—blending Hip Hop and b-boying with the fluidity and precision of classical ballet and a contemporary dance sensibility—had a pivotal impact on the course of Anne’s career. The pair’s strong affinity as dance partners fostered a close artistic collaboration, and Anne rapidly became the emblem of the company. She was also instrumental in the formulation of the RUBBERBAND Method, which she now teaches throughout the world. In 2015, wishing to pursue the exploration of her personal artistic language, Anne became an associate artist of RUBBERBANDance Group.
After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Anne Plamondon made her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo, The Same Eyes as Yours. Undertaken in collaboration with theater director Marie Brassard, this piece, which Anne also performed, probed the theme of mental illness. With an emphasis on subjects that have deep meaning for her, Anne’s intention is to create works that leave a strong impression as much by their virtuosity as by their emotional authenticity. In 2017, Anne worked again with Marie Brassard for a second solo, Mécaniques nocturnes. In this work, Anne Plamondon returns to the sources of the first movement, the first desire: a primitive state of being, the human animal before the emergence of the mysterious, impossible-to-muzzle urge to create and to build. In parallel to developing her own choreographic voice, since 2005, Anne has collaborated with renowned choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot, creating Lost Action, Fault, The You Show, and a duet that won an Olivier Award in 2015, A Picture of You Falling.
From 1985 to 2000, Marie Brassard’s career was closely linked to that of Robert Lepage, both in theater and in film. In 2001, she created her first solo work, Jimmy, créature de rêve, presented at the Festival de théâtre des Amériques. The play’s strong success inspired her to launch a solo career and establish her own production company, Infrarouge, of which she is artistic director. Since then, she has written, directed, and performed the following works: La noirceur (2003), Peepshow (2005), The Glass Eye (2007), L’invisible (2008), and Moi qui me parle à moi-même dans le futur (2010). In these plays, Marie continued to experiment with technology, exploring the uses of sound and light, and her particular approach has made her stand out as a singular voice in contemporary theater. Marie Brassard’s plays, presented in French or in English, have been enthusiastically received in some twenty countries in North America and Europe, as well as in Australia. Parallel to her activities in theater and film, Marie is interested in dance.
may 10-12, 2018 at 7:30pm
New York Premiere
The ADF-commissioned Elvis Everywhere is dendy/donovan projects’ latest work. “America is Elvis Presley–the most beautiful, talented, rebellious nation in the history of Earth. And now, you’re in your Vegas years. You’ve squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you’re wheezing your way through ‘Love Me Tender’ and you might be about to pass away bloated on the toilet. But you’re still the King.” – John Oliver
This performance contains adult language.
Elvis Everywhere is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.
about the artists
dendy/donovan projects choreographer Mark Dendy, whose work has been applauded for his “sharp wit” (Andrew Boynton, New Yorker) – Inspired by an interview with Donald Rumsfeld on his encounter with Elvis Presley in Vegas, Dendy’s Elvis Everywhere scrutinizes society’s fascination and obsession with celebrity. Dendy utilizes the arc of Elvis’s life as a metaphor for the United States, drawing chilling parallels to today’s election cycle. (and Lauded for his work’s “speed, force, brilliance and surprise” (Alan Kresigsman, The Washington Post), Dendy has received a wide range of accolades for his work including a 1997 “Bessie” award, a 2000 Obie Award, the National Society of Arts and Letters Sustained Achievement Award (1990), the Herb Alpert Award, and the Joe A. Calloway Award (both in 2000), as well as numerous grants. Founded in 2008 with longtime collaborator Stephen Donovan, his company dendy/donovan projects focuses on creating socially conscious dance-theater work.