Dialogue: Exploring the Relationship Between Dance & Music

Lina Scarpellini, La Scena Musicale, October 1, 2012

The North American premiere of Une idée sinon vraie… will take place from October 24 to 26 at Agora de la danse. Using Ana Sokolović’s work in seven movements and three interludes, the Commedia dell’arte I and II, the Bozzini Quartet and dancer and choreographer Marc Boivin will take to the stage and dramatically expose the hidden facets of our personalities and their contradictions.

If Sokolović’s proposition didn’t at first seem to rouse the choreographer, it was during a visit to the Goldoni museum in Venice that the two forged a bond. “There are external factors around us that reach in and grasp internal elements and that’s what Ana’s music did.” Boivin says that he is troubled by the world we live in, a world where we have to build certainties from true, or at the very least, credible, concepts to evolve and to understand things. “We create characters, and we reclothe these characters in order to learn about ourselves.” While reading a text about Commedia dell’arte, the choreographer stumbled upon a sentence that would inspire the title of the work. The text, by Angelo Beolco, considered Goldoni’s predecessor, encompasses, according to Isabelle Bozzini, something timeless.

“Ana’s music is a gem!” says Boivin. Although the seven-movement musical score reflects the seven emblematic characters of the Commedia dell’arte, Boivin has distanced himself from these characters in the theatrical tradition. On stage, he moves through various states, at times fantastical, at others philosophical, that evoke a quest, using his body as musicians would their instruments. Together, they tune themselves, engage with one another, and transform. Of the members of the quartet, Boivin specifies that “they are not actors nor dancers, but they are human beings. On stage, they have chemistry. Chemistry that I wanted.” They have spent an enormous amount of time together playing, experimenting and improvising. Bozzini adds to this: “As musicians, we questioned a lot of our knowledge and the ideas we received. There is a lot of movement in space. We had to revisit lighting design. There was lots of exploration: playing in the dark, playing back-to-back. There are moments where the dancer carries us.” According to the quartet, the audience will be thrilled. “The audience should expect a compelling questioning. The staging is simple yet ingenious and Ana’s music is evocative.”

The audience should expect a compelling questioning. The staging is simple yet ingenious and Ana’s music is evocative.