From dance to artistic films, Quebec is emerging internationally

Chantal Caron is a Professional Dancer and Founder of Fleuve | Espace danse stands out internationally for its artistic films, cinematic creations of contemporary dance and most recently “Clémentine”, among the official selection of several major festivals.

The movie “Clémentine” was filmed in 2017 on the banks of the river in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. He made his public debut in 2019, but has reached the climax of his meritorious journey this year. In the coming months, it will be presented in Seoul, Los Angeles, Rome, Tokyo, Munich and Nassau.

Faced with this success, Chantal Caron, who lives and works in Saint-Jean-Port-Jolie, a seaside village in eastern Quebec, remains humble and wants instead to pay tribute to nature. “For me, dancing with the river, the birds, the wind, it’s a way to inhabit the area,” Ms. Caron captured her during an interview with QMI, adding that this approach was the “result of a lifetime,” signing a way.

From dance to artistic films, Quebec is emerging internationally

Image Courtesy: River | Dancing space / Emie-Liza Caron St-Pierre

A dialogue between man and nature

The history of the short film “Clémentine” dates back to 2015, but was deeply influenced by the Lac-Mégantic Railroad tragedy in 2013. The silt-covered actress / dancer symbolizes the presence of oil and exhibits “the imprint of man on nature,” explained the recipient of the Canadian Medal in 2018 year.

But there’s more to it than that, the film’s only actress, Clementine Schindler, a dancer who graduated from the High School of Contemporary Ballet in Montreal, epitomizes life there. “Like the beginning of life on Earth, like the appearance of a female cell that gives life to the rest,” said Chantal Caron. Ms Schindler performs well in a challenging environment, at the St. Lawrence Apartments.

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“This movie is the culmination of a long artistic process,” which also led to the emergence of an associated project, a site-specific show, “Mud Man”, produced directly on the banks of the river, let’s get to know the leader of Fleuve | Dance area. This way of working is a feature of his creativity: the film ends with a show, or vice versa.

From dance to artistic films, Quebec is emerging internationally

Image Courtesy: River | Dancing space / Chantal Karon

Look north

While Clémentine was in the lead, Chantal Caron is currently editing her third art film, “Take the North,” which has been influenced by “Ice, Crevasse et Drift”, such as her first short 2015 film The River and Its Environment.

She said that “Take the North” is inspired by the migration of snow geese towards Nunavut to reach Bylot Island, adding that this film came from the show “73 ° North”, as the gestures of the dancers were derived from that. Of birds. “The hands are closed, there are translations in the neck and a curvature of the spine similar to that of a goose,” said Chantal Caron.

Interestingly, in preparation for the filming of “Take the North,” the choreographer traveled to Greenland to “feel and understand the North”. This short film is expected to be released this fall.

From dance to artistic films, Quebec is emerging internationally

Image Courtesy: River | Dance Zone / Jean Sebastian Vieux

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