RHODNIE 
DÉSIR
 

CREATIONS

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« 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 has created about fifteen choreographic works. Her flagship piece 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 highly coveted Grand Prix de la danse of Montreal in 2020. The Haitian-born artist is the first black person and the youngest to win this award. Her company, RD Créations, also won the Envol award for diversity and inclusive dance practices.

 

Rhodnie Désir's documentary and Afro- contemporary choreographic signature is rooted in African and Afro-descendant rhythmic languages rooted in places like her homeland (Haiti), as well as in rest of the Caribbean, in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

A performer of remarkable power and uncompromising integrity, she surprises by her great connectivity to humanity. Her unique approach, her words, her performances and her civic actions have brought her strong international recognition and have made her a guest speaker at

numerous organizations and universities, as well as at the UNESCO, among others. Rhodnie Désir graduated in communications and marketing from the Université de Montréal and from HEC Montréal. An entrepreneur at heart, she has led the Dêzam organization, which she created in 2008, for 10 years. Through it, she set up more than 2,500 youth cultural actions. In 2017, she founded her dance company, RD Creations. In January 2021, she was chosen as one of the "25 to watch" by Dance Magazine in New York. In April 2021, she was nominated by APAP for the prestigious career award THE AWARD OF MERIT FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

2021, alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Ronald K. Brown.

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BOW'T TRAIL
RETROSPEK-
2020

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY

DANCE

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

BOW'T TRAIL RETROSPEK: AN ACT OF MEMORY

 

BOW’T TRAIL RETROSPEK is a palimpsest of solemn beauty, enriched by the research its actor has done and by each of the layers that have been added to her creation.” Philippe Mangerel, JEU Revue de théâtre

 

BOW'T TRAIL RETROSPEK, the ambassador piece of the BOW’T serie, is a conversation between the present and the past, combined to the channelling body of Désir, where more than 120 testimonies collected on 7 lands of the Americas still reside. Since 2020, this masterpiece and the pioneering choreographic-documentary approach raises to the highest honours: the Grand Prix and the Envol award (Prix de la danse de Montréal 2020), “25 to watch” of the Dance Magazine of New York and a career nomination “Award of Merit for achievement in the performing arts” of APAP NY (2021).

 

The choreographer, driven by a desire and a need to transcend her origins, has been carrying research since 2015 in the Americas (Martinique, Brazil, Haïti, Canada, Mexico and United States) to immerse herself with the African cultures and rhythms deployed by the peoples who were deported there.

 

On stage and accompanied by two maestro musicians, Rhodnie Désir is supported by these majestic rhythms. In addition to rich and ethereal polyrhythmic sonorities, the power of her body is enveloped by video projections illustrating her approach to the bearers of memory who inspired her; thus uniting the public with the subject matter and encompassing textures, images and sounds with multiple dimensions.

 

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

DURATION : 75 minutes (including the audience entry)

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

SET-UP : 12 hours
STAGE DIMENSIONS : Width 28' / Depth 28' /  Height 16.4'
(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

 

« 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
DUSK SOCIETY

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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

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.

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)
 

 

« 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

December 3 and 4, 2021, BOW’T TRAIL Retrospek at the Historic Asolo Theater of the Ringling Museum, Sarasota FL

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