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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

© Vista Photo 2010

 

« When I was young I was never interested in history. I simply couldn’t make sense of it, and that personal failing, multiplied in a society, becomes an alienation for humanity. My lifeline was BOW’T and my sphere of activity the BOW’T TRAIL, for I grasped that by means of art and creativity we can connect with history and better understand it.»

– Rhodnie Désir

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 artistic approach that questions sociopolitical trends, explores movement, defies the imagination, engages citizens and transmits knowledge.

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 Canadian artist to be invited as an expert panelist at the seminar “Artists and the Memory of Slavery: Resistance, creative freedom and legacies” (UNESCO).

BOW'T TRAIL
RETROSPEK-2020

AFRO-CONTEMPORARY DANCE

WORLD PREMIERE

FEBRUARY 2020

CHOREOGRAPHY, ARTISTIC DIRECTION
& VOCAL COMPOSITIONS
  Rhodnie Désir

DANCER  Rhodnie Désir

MUSICIANS  Engone Endong & Moïse Yawo Matey

LIGHTING AND INNOVATION DESIGN  Jonathan Barro
DIGITAL DESIGN & PROGRAMMING  Manuel Chantre

 COSTUME DESIGN  Mélanie Fererro

BEATMAKER & MUSIC COMPOSITION  Engone Endong

MOBILE APP DESIGN  Ingrid Ingrid
 

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DURATION :  75 minutes

CREW :  1 dancer,  2 musicians, 2 technician,  1 production director, 1 administrator

SET-UP : A day prior to the show
STAGE DIMENSIONS : 27'x27', minimum required

OUTREACH :  Coming up
 

RHYTHMS AND RESISTANCES : AN ACT OF MEMORY IN HERITAGE

Choreographic-documentary work

 

BOW’T TRAIL Retrospek is a two-part work 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 2013, as the point of departure for this piece, which was conceived in Montreal. 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 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 bear the UNESCO Slave Route label.

Over the past four years, 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 will take 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).

BOW'T TRAIL : a duty of memory

WHERE TO SEE RHODNIE NEXT

WORLD PREMIERE
FEBRUARY 2020

Espace Libre, Montréal

February 13th to 15th and 18th to 22nd, 2020
www.espacelibre.qc.ca