Le fils d'Adrien danse
Le fils d’Adrien is one of Quebec’s best-known contemporary dance companies, the flower of Artistic Director Harold Rhéaume’s 20-year career. The company found fertile soil when it put down roots in Quebec City in 2000, quickly becoming a pillar of the city’s vibrant dance community.
Aftr his graduation in 1989, Harold Rhéaume leaves Quebec and joins the prestigious Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa. His first shows are presented at the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), the Winnipeg Dance Festival and the New Moves Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
He arrives in Montreal in 1993 and dances for Louise Bédard, Danièle Desnoyers, Estelle Clareton, Hélène Blackburn, Isabelle VanGrimde, Daniel Soulières and Sarah Bild. Montreal also gives Rhéaume his big break as an independent choreographer: Lucie Boissinot, known for her work with Jean-Pierre Perreault, commissions him to create Ses propres ailes.
In 1994, he creates Falaise for The Dance Collective Company (Winnipeg). The same year, Fatras (co-produced with Danse-Cité) makes waves at the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), followed by Troïka (1996) and Hybride (1997) with Tangente (Montreal). Another highlight of 1997 is his work with with video-artist Katrina McPherson to create Picture Show in Scotland.
After 1998’s Fresk (Agora de la danse, Montreal; Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto), Rhéaume makes his premiere at Montreal’s Place des Arts with Les dix commandements. The critics rave: “Right on!” writes La Presse, while The Gazette proclaims “Les dix exceeds all expectations (…) Just plain brilliant.”
In 1999 Rhéaume starts working under the name Le Fils d’Adrien: first taking part in the Festival international de nouvelle danse (FIND) with Épitaphe, then producing his final show as a Montreal-based artist with his friends Catherine Tardif and Jacques Moisan. Trinité is an off-the-wall success that takes le fils d’Adrien to Burlington, USA. The time is now ripe for Harold to go back to his hometown. His career is in full flight.
A look back : 20 years of dancing with Le fils d'Adrien