Encyclopœdia – DOCUMENT 4

Performers: Sandy Williams, Matteo Fargion, Claire Godsmark, Lilia Mestre, Mette Edvardsen, Mårten Spångberg | Photographer: Giannina Urmeneta OttikerEncyclopoedia - DOCUMENT 4Encyclopoedia - DOCUMENT 4

With DOCUMENT 4, the fourth part of the Encyclopœdia series, Lynda Gaudreau continues her work on the series and on artistic collaborations.

Conceived between January and April 2005 during a series of intensive residencies at the Arts Centre Vooruit (Ghent) and Dans in Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Belgium, DOCUMENT 4 was created with the participation of nine artists from Canada, Belgium, and other European countries. A choreography workshop with third-year students at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios, in Brussels) brought further insight in the creation of this piece.

In this work, Lynda Gaudreau starts from the basic assumption: "Something will happen. Something should happen." What do we see when we are not looking for meanings or ideal abstract forms? When does something strike our attention in the vast array of seemingly random behaviour? How can the spectator be brought to perceive a sensation, to be captivated by an emerging order which in the next moment will be submerged by another flow of information? What methods of composition can we use when we don't compose by form, structure, narrative or expressive content?


Premiere: April 12, 2005, Arts Centre Vooruit (Ghent, Belgium)


Artistic direction
Lynda Gaudreau

In collaboration with
Bojana Cvejic, Matteo Fargion

Mette Edvardsen, Matteo Fargion, Claire Godsmark, Lilia Mestre, Mårten Spångberg, Sandy Williams

Live mix composition with 5 turntables
Martin Tétreault

Mårten Spångberg, David Carney

A co-production of Arts Centre Vooruit (Ghent, Belgium), Dans in Kortrijk (Courtrai, Belgium), and the Compagnie De Brune.

Lynda Gaudreau and the Compagnie De Brune would like to thank Barbara Raes and Koen Kwanten, as well as the Embassy of Canada and the General Delegation of Québec in Brussels.

Lynda Gaudreau and the Compagnie De Brune would also like to thank the Københavns Internationale Teater (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Joint Adventures (Munich, Germany) for their support in co-producing the first two research laboratories of the DOCUMENT 4 project.

Excerpts of the composition for turn-tables of Martin Tétreault
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Press excerpts

"[... ] a limpid, formal and intriguing representation.

In fact, their dance looks like the organic and joyous all-over play of a school of fish or a herd of antelope. They swarm, twirl, come around again, and freeze, just before something happens."

Jeroen Versteele, De Morgen (Belgium), April 14, 2005

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