Dominique Porte/ Système D

Dominque Porte/Système D, photo by Michael Abril

Dominque Porte/Système D, photo by Michael Abril

Dominique Porte presents Hors JE, in which the creator and performer is haunted by the fear of endlessly repeating of the same schemas, of rambling on gesturally. Fiery choreographer Dominique Porte re-examines her approach to creation. Between a filmed segment of some thirty experienced dancers and neophytes – and its live reinterpretation, we take a troubling plunge into her intimate world, where we find ourselves front row and center during the elaboration of both the piece and of the larger work itself.

Established in Montreal since 1989, Dominique Porte built up a solid reputation as an intense, precise, and virtuosic performer with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, William Douglas, and José Navas before founding her own company, Système D/Dominique Porte in 1999. Fascinated by human nature and the human condition, Porte has developed a unique style and rhythm to explore the themes of communication, the relationship with the other, identity, and sensory perception. Poetic worlds and images are released in powerful works in which music – usually live – plays an integral part. Porte’s choreography has been presented locally, nationally, and internationally, including at several festivals. In her two most recent creations, JE (2011) and Hors JE (2014), she has returned to the solo form, inviting the audience to take a troubling plunge into her intimate world to witness close-up the evolution of the piece as well as the finished product.

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