Montreal, Canada based Frédérick Gravel, is someone to watch
with his charismatic, daring, and dynamic choreography and
his approach to contemporary dance. We had the pleasure of seeing him perform his US
Premiere, This Duet That We've Already Done (so many times),
with dancer Brianna Lombardo, on Friday, April 8, 2022, the
second night of his three-night engagement at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. As always, his
creative approach to contemporary dance blurred boundaries and created an
evening of exceptional dance.
Frédérick Gravel & Brianna Lombardo
Frédérick Gravel is a dancer,
choreographer, musician, lighting designer, and Artistic Director for the
Daniel Léveillé Danse, and has gained national and international recognition as
"one to watch." This was our third time seeing Frédérick Gravel perform at The
Quick; the first time was in 2017 during The Quick's "Upside Down Inside Out
Season Gala" where he created and performed in Tout se pète la guile,
chérie (All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey) with Nicolas Cantin, Dany
Desjardins, and Tomas Fuey. We were immediately mesmerized by his
avant-garde and brilliantly dynamic approach to contemporary dance.
The second time we had the pleasure of
seeing him perform, was at The Quick in 2019, when he performed his solo work, Fear
and Greed, and again, we were impressed with his style, creativity, and
ability to captivate and command an audience's attention for 75-minutes.
Performing solo as a dancer, musician, and singer, with the audience seated
onstage for an up-close, personal, and more intimate performance, can be a
daunting task, yet Frédérick demonstrated that he was more than capable to connect
with the audience physically and emotionally.
We had the pleasure of returning to The
Quick to see Frédérick Gravel for a third time, for the US Premiere of This
Duet That We've Already Done (so many times), on Friday, April 8, 2022,
part of his three-night engagement (April 7 - 9, 2022). Always pushing the
envelope and blurring boundaries as a choreographer and dancer, Frédérick
Gravel, is forever changing and imprinting the world of contemporary dance with
his drive, physicality, and creativity, that in turn pushes the audience to
join him in a meeting of the minds through his compositions.
For his 2022 performance Frédérick Gravel,
paired with Brianna Lombardo, an equally powerful dancer, together created a
dynamic presence and on-stage chemistry that exploded as they explored the
multi-faceted stages of love.
For this composition, the audience was
once again seated on-stage for this intimate look as Frédérick and Brianna
explored the many nuances of love, from initial shyness and playfulness, to the
sensuousness, and then gradually moving from gentle caring to often rough
coupling, baring the souls of the dancers, and leaving the audience as spent as
the dancers at the conclusion of the exhilarating work.
After the performance, there was a
champagne reception to toast the dancers, hosted by The Quebec Government
Offices in Boston and New York, and the Quick Center for the Arts, where the
patrons had the opportunity to meet Frédérick and Brianna. Speaking with
Frédérick we learned that this composition, This Duet That We've Already
Done (so many times), was once a small piece of a larger composition, and
that he expanded it to be a full-length stand-alone composition. He recently spent
time in Europe composing pieces for European companies, and his next project
will be to work on some new compositions for the Daniel Léveillé Danse. We
cannot wait to see what Frédérick will create next. If you have the
opportunity to see him perform do so, as he is clearly a dancer/choreographer
that must be seen to be appreciated. Bravo!
The Quick Center for the Arts always has
something wonderful happening with lectures, art receptions, opera, concerts,
dance, plays, and so much more, so be sure to visit their website for upcoming
Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!
To learn more about Frédérick Gravel,
please visit the website: https://en.danielleveilledanse.org/la-compagnie-en
Watch a teaser of Frédérick Gravel - This
Duet That We've Already Done (so many times): https://en.danielleveilledanse.org/en-this-duet-that-weve-already-done
A Sampling of Special Upcoming Events at The Quick Center for the Arts
US Premiere: Frederick Gravel
4/7 - 4/9/2022
Gregory Pardio - The Poetry and Prose of
Contemporary America - free - virtual event
The Met Opera: HD Live - Rigoletto (Verdi)
Tara Isabella Burton - Inspired Writers Series
- free - virtual event
The Met Opera: HD Live - Turandot (Puccini)
The Met Opera: HD Live - Lucia di Lammermoor
The Met Opera: HD Live - Hamlet (Dean)
For information on all their upcoming events and programs at The Quick
Center for the Arts, please visit: https://quickcenter.fairfield.edu
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824-5195
Box Office: 203-254-400
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