International Dance Day!
A duet created originally at the Musée d’art moderne de Paris, Prêt à baiser is a lengthy kiss choreographed to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, as arranged by the composer François Caffenne. Presented at the Phi Centre for one night only in collaboration with DHC/ART and Danse Danse, it will be performed by Olivier Dubois and Mohamed Kouadri.
April 29, 2014 at 8 PM
$26.25 (you can buy tickets through Phi Centre’s website)
With the physique of a wrestler, Olivier Dubois made his début as a professional dancer at age 23. He danced for a dozen years for choreographers ranging from Karine Saporta and Angelin Preljocaj to Jan Fabre and Sasha Waltz. That dance career led him to reflect on the status and role of the dancer, and the dancer’s relations with the choreographer, the audience and works in the repertoire.
That questioning lies at the heart of his artistic approach, and gave rise to the solo Pour tout l’or du monde, a variation on pole dancing and the marketing of the dancing body and the codes of dance (presented in Montreal in 2011). It was such a success that he founded the Compagnie Olivier Dubois in 2007 to pursue his adventures in choreography. The recipient of several awards as a dancer and as a choreographer, he was named one of the 100 top dancers in the world by Dance Europe magazine. In 2012 he was officially accredited by education authorities as a dance professor, based on his accomplishments.