RHODNIE 
DÉSIR
 

CREATIONS

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" Maybe creation is about accepting that,

with every millisecond, we can endlessly recreate ourselves,

so as to better come to terms with the world in which we exist. "
- Rhodnie Désir

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« Rhodnie Désir you are a fascinating artist. [...] We truly understand why you are a reference. »
- PÉNÉLOPE MCQUADE, ICI PREMIÈRE (RADIO-CANADA)

Choreographer-documentalist and artistic director of RD Créations, Rhodnie Désir has created about fifteen pieces, like BOW'T TRAIL Retrospek and her pioneering memoir journey BOW'T TRAIL have earned her two awards from the Prix de la danse de Montréal (2020): The Prix Envol and the Grand Prix. In 2021, she was chosen as one of the "25 to watch" by Dance Magazine in New York and nominated for the prestigious career award “The APAP Award of Merit”. In 2022, she received the “Danseuse de l’année” award at the Gala Dynastie, she became the first Associate Artist of the famous Place des Arts institution in Montreal and she is also honored by the Sandra Faire Next Generation Award from DCD Hall of Fame.

 

Her documentary and Afro-contemporary choreographic signature is rooted in rhythmic languages. A performer and orator of remarkable power, her words and her international civic actions unite beyond dance, and then shine as at UNESCO.

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BOW'T TRAIL RETROSPEK - 2020

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY DANCE /
CHOREOGRAPHIC-DOCUMENTARY WORK

CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCER, ARTISTIC DIRECTION AND VOCAL COMPOSITIONS: Rhodnie Désir

MUSICIANS: Engone Endong + Jahsun

VIDEO DESIGN: Manuel Chantre

LIGHTING DESIGN: Juliette Dumaine

 COSTUME DESIGN: Mélanie Fererro

BEATMAKER AND MUSIC COMPOSITION: Engone Endong

LIGHTING DESIGN (ACCESSORIES): Jonathan Barro

PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL DIRECTION: Samuel Theriault

ARTISTIC SENIOR CONSULTANT: Philip Szporer

REHEARSAL DIRECTOR: Isabelle Poirier

BOW'T TRAIL DOCUMENTARY ORIGINAL IMAGES:

Clark Ferguson + Marie-Claude Fournier

 

Co-produced by

RD Créations, National arts Center

 

Creation partners

New Chapter - Canada Arts Council

Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec

Conseil des Arts de Montréal

Espace Libre

Centre de création O'Vertigo

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This masterpiece raises the highest honours: including the Grand Prix and the Envol award (Prix de la danse 2020) !


BOW’T TRAIL RETROSPEK, the ambassador piece of the BOW’T series, is a conversation between the present and the past, combined to the channelling body of Désir in which more than 130 testimonies collected on 7 lands of the Americas still reside.

 

The choreographer, driven by a desire and a need to transcend her origins, has been carrying research since 2015 in the Americas to immerse herself with the African cultures and rhythms deployed by the peoples who were deported there.
 

On stage and accompanied by two maestros, Désir transcends polyrhythmic and majestic textures and sonorities while her body is mysteriously enveloped by video projections and plural memories connecting the audience to the universe of her travels. A must see !

BOW’T TRAIL Retrospek is a palimpsest of solemn beauty [...]!
- Philippe Mangerel, JEU Revue de théâtre

DURATION 75 minutes (including the audience’s entry)
CREW 1 dancer + 2 musicians + 1 technician
           + 1 technical director + 1 rehearsal director
SET-UP 16 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS
Width 11m / Depth 8.55m / Height 5m

Width 36pi / Depth 35pi / Height 18pi
AUDIENCE SIZE Small and medium size venue
OUTREACH

- Talkbacks 
- Conferences / Documentary tools

VIEW TECHNICAL RIDER 
 

VIEW THE PRESENTATION DOCUMENT   ( French )

 

VIEW PRESS KIT

FOLLOW THE BOW'T TRAIL WEBSERIES  ON RADIO CANADA'S  ICI.TOU.TV

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MWON'D - 2022

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY DANCE /
CHOREOGRAPHIC-DOCUMENTARY WORK

IN CREATION

CHOREOGRAPHER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, COMPOSITOR

AND VOCAL PERFORMER: Rhodnie Désir
COMPOSITOR: Engone Endong
PERFORMERS: Elisabeth-Anne Dorléans, Aurélie Ann Figaro,
Jessica Gauthier, Gregory "Krypto" Selinger and James Viveiros
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR: Isabelle Poirier
ARTISTIC SENIOR CONSULTANT: Philip Szporer
COSTUME DESIGNER: Vincent la Kuach
LIGHTING DESIGNER AND SCENOGRAPHY CONSULTANT: Öykü Onder

 

From the original scenography of Hubert Lafore
 

CO-PRODUCTION:
RD Créations, Agora de la danse

DURATION 60 minutes
CREW 1 choreographer + 5 performers + 1 technical director
           + 1 technician
SET-UP (To be determined after the premiere)
STAGE DIMENSIONS (To be determined after the premiere)
AUDIENCE SIZE Small and medium size venues
OUTREACH
- Talkbacks

- Conferences

VIEW TECHNICAL RIDER  ( ** COMING SOON ** )

MWON’D, steeped in Creole and French etymology – moun (human, being), world, mwen (me) and anmwe (distress cry) – is a call to lucidity in the face of the dichotomous actions that humans sculpt along their path.


The work draws a parallel between the human body and the matter as a body. By matter we mean aluminum, in its processed form, ubiquitous
in our daily lives and overexploited, and in its raw state and natural space (AL13). This ode to the intelligence of the environment gives rise, through the body, to an intimate dialogue between what unifies and opposes these pluralistic materials (malleability, oxydation, lightness, transmutation). At the heart of these questions lies accelerating the pace of climate change, to be addressed with urgency and mindfulness, in step with the teachings of nature.

 

In MWON’D, each element (sound, light, human, aluminum) is an essential voice aligned with the organicity of nature, and it takes place in a sculptural manner, thereby lending itself to a slow and deliberate look at the vulnerability of our being.

“In MWON’D, we venture outside the human world in an attempt to resolve the equation of catastrophe.”

- Rhodnie Désir

Représentation en Europe

Agence Mickaël Spinnhirny
(Montréal, Québec)
Contact : Mickaël Spinnhirny
Phone :  +1 514 833‑9005
Email :  mika@spinnhirny.com
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WHERE TO SEE RHODNIE NEXT

December 7th to 10th, 2022 -  MWON'D, Agora de la Danse, Montreal, QC