Inhabiting Memory / Inhabiting Memories
// Caroline Laurin-Beaucage
Year of creation: 2016
Choreographer and dancer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage takes her creation studio outdoors and invites the public to witness the birth of her next solo in real-time. For four hours daily, occupying a transparent 12-by-12-foot box without walls, she creates a dance that plunges her back into the heart of her trajectory as a performer, bringing all of her body’s memories to the surface. In this circumscribed but open space, she simultaneously conceives and performs the movements, each of these becoming a little work in itself.
The creation/performance, a pilgrimage on a path through different places, is intended to induce an exceptional contact between spectators and artist. Invited to gather around the box throughout the day, spectators are front row and centre as they watch a dance that constantly evolves under the effects of time and the environment.
During each performance of Inhabiting Memory, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage relays her private thoughts as she dances in vocal memos, attempting to express the unique aspect of each encounter and each part of the performance. In the end, these memos are compiled and reworked by a sound designer. On each occasion, passersby have access to a sound recording that recaptures the performer’s entire experience.
Year of creation: 2021
Duration: 4 to 10h
Up to 10 dancers / choreographic installation
In this new marathon version, Caroline invites a number of dancers to explore their own process and occupy the stage for one full hour. This relay goes on over a period of a few hours — up to a few days. Each dancer is invited to record vocal impressions and thoughts before, during and after their performance, adding their voice to the audio archive of the piece.
The performing team can be composed, in part or in totality, of local dancers.
Conception, choreography and performance - Caroline Laurin-Beaucage | Conception and technology integration - Thomas Payette + HUB Studio | Scenography - Odile Gamache | Sound design and Recording - Larsen Lupin | Artistic Advisor - Ginelle Chagnon | On-Site accompaniment and coordination - Ginelle Chagnon + Ingrid Vallus | Costumes - Caroline Laurin-Beaucage | Technical director - Hugues Kir
Coproduction - Théâtre Hector-Charland
Residences - Centre d'art Diane-Dufresne, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Maison pour la danse à Québec