Well the 2009 Festival TransAmerique in Montréal, Canada has ended. I managed to see only 4 shows at the festival, a couple of free events, and participated in a couple of OFF-TA events because it was rather pricey. The paid shows that were officially in the festival were interesting works however none were amazing or great. All four had the problem of being too long, an unwillingness to edit, self-indulgent and the inability to avoid being pretentiously self-conscious. I kept saying to myself, “would someone just have little dramatic craftsmanship here Please!” The images presented in all of the shows were often beautiful or even powerful however they were always hammered into us until it became insignificant and boring. I began believing that these choreographers are trying so hard to show off their ingenuity or cleverness that it backfires on them. Sometimes less is better.
The most successful work were the ones that took itself much less seriously. Sylvain Emard’s Le Grand Continental’s mass choreographic exercise with everyday folks dancing in the street and the collective Piquant during the OFF were highlights.
I don’t know… perhaps I am looking at and for things differently now in dance.