Choreographed by: Jean-Pierre Perreault
Remounted by: Citadel + Compagnie
Run time: 80 minutes
Nuit (1986) is a piece in which four women and four men, grappling with the hurly-burly of everyday life, interact in a “story without a plot.” During this harsh night, the characters push themselves to their limits, different types of interaction take shape and areas of tension emerge among the various materials, masses, volumes and configurations. Dance becomes a “sculptural material endowed with mobility.”
This demanding, fiery piece, performed in half-light, expresses a troubling, subterranean vulnerability. The singular materiality of Nuit and the interpenetration among the multiple components that Perreault created make this a major work not only in Perreault’s legacy but in the history of Canadian choreography.
Choreography – Jean-Pierre Perreault
Original Lighting – Jean Gervais
Original Music, Set Design and Costumes – Jean-Pierre Perreault
Rehearsal Direction – Ginelle Chagnon
Stage Management – Marianna Rosato
Remounted with the permission of La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault
- 8 on-stage performers
- 12 people on tour
- Minimum Performance Space – 30 ft. D x 40 ft. W
- Floor Requirements – Sprung Floor. Dancers perform in heavy boots.
- Special Equipment – Hanging Mics (to pick up dancer foot rhythms).
- 80-minute run time
Tyler Gledhill – Development/Touring
304 Parliament Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A4
Fall For Dance North IPP Showcase – Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, ON (October 5, 2019)
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Led by Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Citadel + Compagnie is a Canadian professional dance organization that creates, produces and presents works on local, national, and international scales from its home base in a former Salvation Army Citadel in Toronto.
Lemieux continues to refine her choreographic vision, having created over twenty-five works from explosive, intimate pieces like Love me out of it, to large scale works like Vimy 1917, that toured to France for the 100th anniversary of the battle. From 2008-2020, James Kudelka, one of Canada’s finest choreographers, was the company’s resident choreographer, allowing him to revisit some of his finest work while making way for challenging new contemporary creations.
Through remount initiatives, the company is dedicated to the preservation of important Canadian dance work, making available iconic repertoire to a new generation of dancers.
The company has toured extensively, including sold-out performances in Russia, Fall for Dance (NYC), Scotland’s famous Edinburgh Festival, and Vimy, France, along with extensive U.S. tours to L.A., Louisiana, Portland, and the acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts, and The Battery Dance Festival in NYC.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:
The years in which I danced for Jean-Pierre Perreault had a profound influence on my artistry, choreographic sensibilities and later my artistic direction. Since returning to Toronto in 2007 it has been my long-held desire to bring Perreault’s work to audiences outside of Montreal.
Perreault’s 80 min. masterwork Nuit, has touched many lives, resonating deeply with audiences, artists and presenters alike. A work that among many things explores the individual among the collective, Nuit is a piece that is able to sustain the passing of time. In its remount it offers a new generation of artists the opportunity to bring their experiences, stories and artistry to the embodiment of the material and allows audiences to feel its impact in a new context and time.
Jean-Pierre Perreault’s Program Note (2002 Remount)
It has often been said that dance is an ephemeral art form, I think that this is wrong. Perhaps a performance of a dance work is ephemeral, but the choreographic writing and all its scenic elements, that are so integral to a work, do remain.
But even the interpretation given by a performer is not ephemeral, because often it leaves an indelible mark on the memory and the soul of the spectator. When the lights in the theatre go out and the work begins the only thing that really matters is the meeting between the performer and its audience. Many performers have danced NUIT over the years and every one of them has brought and left a little of themselves.
It is essential for the new generation of dancers to put value in repertory. It is a sign of maturity of our art form, and it will guarantee us its constant renewal and its relevance well into the future.
I would like to dedicate this series of performances to the dancers who participated in the creation of NUIT, in 1986 Louise Bédard, Hélène Blackburn, Pierre-André Côté, Annie Dréau, Claude Godbout Pierre-Paul Savoie, Daniel Soulières and Tassy Teekman.
– Jean-Pierre Perreault
Jean-Pierre Perreault / Photo by Michael Slobodian
BIO: Jean-Pierre Perreault was a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, teacher and designer whose legacy boasts a large body of choreography and a career of international distinction. His company, La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, was established in 1984 and throughout the 1980s and 1990s he created many renowned works such as Joe (1981), Stella (1985), Nuit (1986), Les Lieux dits (1988), Îles (1991) and Les Années de Pèlerinage (1996). In total, Perreault produced over forty-eight choreographic works in his lifetime, and was awarded the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Distinction in Choreography in 1996, an award that recognizes his entire body of work.