Tempting fate, Hélène Blackburn rises to the challenge of her first in situ work featuring several different versions: outdoors or indoors, by day or by night. With an urban set, clever low-tech lighting, and contagious energy, Love Me Tender has panache ! Produced with minimal resources, this hymn to resilience echoes with lost innocence and the feel of a bygone era. Lively and precise, the masterful choreography flows with duets and solos that develop into trios, quartets, and ensemble work. The dancers morph into spectators, lighting engineers, and participants. Playing with expectations and genres, this impromptu adventure uses shadows, reflections, and lights to express a relationship with others and with space, evoking a sensation of rediscovered happiness through harmony and community. With music by Martin Tétreault, Dear Criminals and Alexandre Désilets and samples of songs by old-school crooners, this performance is a refreshing breath of freedom that captures the spirit of our time.
Artistic direction and choreography : Hélène Blackburn
Choreography : Hélène Blackburn in collaboration with Cai Glover
Lighting Design : Étienne Fournier
Music : Martin Tétreault, Dear Criminals and Alexandre Désilets
Costume Designer : Michael Slack
Technical Direction : Emmanuel Landry
Photography : Claudia Chan Tak, Vanessa Fortin, David Wong et Yvan Couillard
Year of creation : 2020
For all audiences
Love Me Tender is a creation of Cas Public. This creation has benefited of a creation residencies : Agora de la danse (Montréal, Canada), Maison de la culture Montréal-Nord (Montréal, Canada) et la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal (Montréal, Canada).