Created in 2018, Èbe is the result of a collaboration with Patrick Saint-Denis (audio and robotics art). An extended version is created in 2021, enriched by a new team of collaborators.
The piece revolves around a choir of five accordion-robots and a choreography rooted in flamenco to explore the communicative dimension of breath. The unconscious adjustment of the breathing to that of the accordions, like the hypnotizing effect of the sea, reveals the power of what influences us beyond our individual questionings. It is therefore around the cyclical and vital phenomenon of the tides that Èbe was created. The poetic anchor points that nourished the work are the cyclical movement of the waves, like breathing, and what is revealed on the beach when the waters recede (the word "Èbe" means ebbing tide). Following the metaphor of what is revealed when the water recedes, we explore what lies beneath the surface of what is usually audible in accordion and flamenco playing, as well as what connects us in the space across distance. Èbe offers a contemplative and sensory experience shared through the different rhythms that inhabit and surround us.
Choreography and interpretation - Sarah Bronsard | Audio art and robotics - Patrick Saint-Denis | Performer et co-creator - Olivier Arseneault | Lighting design - Hugo Dalphond et Audrée Lewka | Singing - Alexandra Templier | Artistic mediation - Sophie Michaud | Artistic advisors - Sophie Michaud, Olivier Arseneault, Myriam Allard, Ginelle Chagnon
Support- Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Danse sur les routes, Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Caisse de la Culture Desjardins, donors.
Residencies - Place des Arts, Maison Culturelle et Communautaire de Montréal-Nord, Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, au Théâtre du Bic (Rimouski), Corps Chorus (Laurentides), Studio 303, Département de danse de l'UQAM, Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.