Artist Stéphane Gladyszewski, a Montréal native, provides space for his subconscious here, staging his body as a projection foil and resonator. In this, the inventor of interactive objects and optic installations utilises an infrared camera as well as a projector that is capable of stroboscopic effects. With the aid of this technical device, the artist’s body will be enwrapped in a skin of living light. He references the well-known “black body” of physics, “corps noir” in French. This denotes an object that absorbs all of the light that irradiates it. The body, in this case, will be staged as a collection of props and objects, as a multitude of textures, resonant materials, images, and voices.
Stéphane Gladyszewski first worked as a photographer before going on to study visual arts, finally arriving at dance via contact improvisation. His choreographic works are marked by the use of projection systems as well as by the manipulation of video imagery. Through the utilisation of those technologies, he finds paths to multiply emotions, to open the senses and towards the dissolution of that which is palpable.
Duration: 55 min.
Concept, video design, performance: Stéphane Gladyszewski; Together with: Lucie Vigneault; Project assistant, Film showing: Justine Ricard; Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan; Sound design: Jean-Sébastien Durocher; Technical Director: Jean Jauvin; Artistic consultant: Marie-Stéphane Ledoux, Julie Andrée T.; Programming: Alexandre Burton.
A performance by Stéphane Gladyszewski and Daniel Léveillé Danse, co-produced by Tangente, Agora de la danse and Cirque du Soleil. With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts du Canada. The guest performance is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.