RHODNIE 
DÉSIR
 

CREATIONS

« Maybe creation is about accepting that,

with every millisecond, we can endlessly re-create ourselves,

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

© Kevin Calixte

 

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

RHODNIE DÉSIR CREATIONS (RDC) produces and presents creative projects by artistic director and choreographer Rhodnie Désir. Simultaneously authentic and contemporary, the Montreal-based organization operates internationally using an innovative artistic approach that questions socio political trends, explores movement, defies the imagination, engages citizens, transmits knowledge while archiving the memory of its people. Rhodnie’s choreographic-documentary work is quite unique and unlike anything seen before.

Each of its works aspires to be a voice for the voiceless and to engage directly with the communities from which it draws its inspiration. Whether through presentations, grassroots-level cultural mediation or choreographic works, RD Creations acts as a social archive, leaving a legacy of cultural wealth. It believes in the potential of combining multiple media in the same choreographic work, allowing it to evolve according to the social realities and cultures it encounters.

Deeply rooted in ancestral cultures, RD Creations is committed to respecting cultures by fostering genuine collaborations and prioritizing listening, discussion and interaction. These collaborations take place in and across political, media, government, social and community spheres, leading to valuable partnerships for example with 40 partners, 120 specialists and 10 musicians for the BOW’T TRAIL project.​

In 2015, Rhodnie Désir was the only North American dance artist to be invited as an expert panelist at the seminar « Artists and the Memory of Slavery: Resistance, creative freedom and legacies » (UNESCO/2015), at the Americas Cultural Summit (2018) and to the Francophone Cultural Programming of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (Brazil).

BOW'T TRAIL
RETROSPEK-
2020

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY

DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY, ARTISTIC DIRECTION & VOCAL COMPOSITIONS  Rhodnie Désir
DANCER  Rhodnie Désir
MUSICIANS  Engone Endong + Jahsun
LIGHTING AND INNOVATION DESIGN

Juliette Dumaine + Jonathan Barro (1st phase of the creation)
VIDEO DESIGN  Manuel Chantre
COSTUME DESIGN  Mélanie Fererro
BEATMAKER & MUSIC COMPOSITION  Engone Endong
PRODUCTION AND TECHNICAL DIRECTION  Rasmus Sylvest

SENIOR CONSULTANT  Philip Szporer
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR  Isabelle Poirier

DURATION : 75 minutes (including the audience entry)

CREW : 1 dancer + 2 musicians + 2 technicians + 1 production director + 1 administrator

SET-UP : A day prior to the show
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 28' / Depth 28' /  Height16.4'
(8.5m x 8.5m 
x 5m)
AUDIENCE SIZE : Small and medium size venues 

OUTREACH : Conference and tailored workshops

VIEW COMPLETE TECHNICAL RIDER
 

VIEW THE PRESENTATION DOCUMENT

 

VIEW PRESS KIT

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

RHYTHMS, DANCE AND RESISTANCE :
AN ACT OF MEMORY

Choreographic-documentary work

BOW’T TRAIL Retrospek is a work on courage and memory for four physical bodies : one female dancer, two musicians, and one immersive display of digital projections. Rhodnie Désir used BOW’T, a piece she created in Montréal in 2013, as the starting point for this piece. It is the fruit of a year long research process and joint efforts spanning the four corners of the continent.

The choreographer, driven by a desire and a need to transcend her origins, drew from the jungo (Brazil), danmyé (Martinique), Vodun dance (Haiti), son jarocho (Mexico), blues (New Orleans), and gospel paired with Mi’kmaq rhythms (Canada) to immerse herself in the African cultures and rhythms brought to the Americas by enslaved Africans.

Her IMPULSE : to rise up, in an innovative and authentic way, against one of the greatest crimes in human history, the slave trade.

Her QUEST : to tell the story of resistance movements with humility, humanity and thus pay tribute to the expression of her ancestors’ creative genius.

Her PROCESS : BOW’T TRAIL, a ground-breaking international and interactive documentary and choreography project, that bears the UNESCO Slave Route label.

Over the past five years (2015-2019), she recreated the original work, gradually lending it the multiple rhythmic voices – danced, sung and drummed – specific to each of the six countries she visited.

Rhodnie Désir takes the stage to present the 8th and final iteration of the work BOW’T. The performance will feature video projections illustrating her approach with the bearers of memory who inspired her, while connecting the audience with the subject matter and immersing it in multidimensional visual and sound textures.

 

Coproduced by RD Creations and the National Arts Center (Ottawa)

 

« This light imprinted masterpiece offers you access to my thoughts, to what I had to go through emotionally and mentally. It addresses matters of history, but mostly of the body within our colonial system. Amongst past and present : this work is political, just like my
own body can be ! »

– Rhodnie Désir

DUSK SOCIETY-2017

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY DANCE

CHOREOGRAPHY, ARTISTIC DIRECTION & VOCAL COMPOSITIONS  Rhodnie Désir
DANCER  Rhodnie Désir
MUSICIAN, COMPOSITION AND LIVE PERFORMANCE Engone Endong

AUDIO TESTIMONIES Excerpts of the poem 43rd Parallel by Doyali Islam, followed by inspiring testimonies by generous citizens of Toronto

DURATION : 10 minutes 

CREW : 1 dancer + 1 musicians 

SET-UP : 2 hours 30 minutes prior to the show
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Circle of 30’ diameter (9m15cm) Outdoors, grass area.

AUDIENCE SIZE : Approximately 150 people, placed in a circle 

OUTREACH : Conference and tailored workshops

VIEW COMPLETE TECHNICAL RIDER (in French only)
 

In this non proscenium work originally commissioned by Dusk Dances Festival Désir offers a strong contemporary and documentary look at current social issues that preoccupy Quebeckers. Originally inspired by testimonies from Torontonians, Dusk Society rebirths in a second version and reclaims space at a time when the multiplication of events keeps piling up.

 

In this universal message, the body of the choreographer becomes a graphic representation of the society’s pulse, as a way to express people’s voices and thoughts. Faithful to her documentary approach, she creates a solo piece inspired by interviews and historical sources.

 

Possibility of adapting the piece with new testimonies collected from the citizens of your community. A touching process of connecting citizens together through the realities they are experiencing.

The original version of Dusk Society was first commissioned by Dusk Dances Festival (2017), premiered at Dusk Dances on July 7th 2017, at Withrow Park, and seduced the hearts of Canadians in Barrie, Hamilton, Toronto and Repentigny over twenty evenings.

 

« If tomorrow everything would collapse, and we would have to rebuild a new society based on our collective memories, what would it be like? What would its founding principles be? »

– Rhodnie Désir

WHERE TO SEE RHODNIE NEXT

September 2, 2020, 7pm - Conference ''Entrez dans la danse'' at Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, Saint-Jérôme QC

September 17, 2020, 7pm - Dusk Society at Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, Saint-Jérôme QC

September 27, 2020, 2pm - Dusk Society at Parc Lorraine, Lorraine QC - followed by a cineconference at the Centre culturel Laurent G Belley

October 3, 2020, 3pm - Dusk Society at Parc André-Corbeil-dit-Tranchemontagne, Montréal / Rivières-des-Prairies, QC

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