Louise Lecavalier (CA) / Fou Glorieux
In Stations, Louise Lecavalier goes in search of the pure essence of dance. With this new solo, the legendary 'Flame on legs' creates her most personal and delicate performance ever.
Run time 60 minutes
Location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Aftertalk on July 10 with Louise Cavalier
Lecavalier's virtuosity touches head and heart
She defies the laws of gravity as easily as she defies the genetic capabilities of human beings. At 63, with two new hips, she still dances as if it takes no effort at all. Louise Lecavalier – 'a flame on legs', 'queen of speed, endurance and innovation' – was already a legend in the 1980s as the muse of Edouard Lock and his famous company La La La Human Steps. She was a beast on stage: she lifted men like they were feathers, made insane double screws in the air, and had biceps that the average docker can only dream of. At the same time, she managed not only to impress her audience with her strength, speed and energy, but also to touch their hearts and minds with her dance.
Her androgynous appearance and physical strength contribute to a new way of looking at conventional male-female relationships. With her tawny body, she is still very strong, and she still moves faster and more energetically than many young talents. Lecavalier is a familiar face at Julidans with her company Fou glorieux, founded in 2006. -|-She has been on the main stage with numerous performances, such as Children & A Few Minutes of Lock and So Blue. Het Parool (2019) wrote about Battleground, her most recent performance: ‘The dancer who shone alongside David Bowie in the 1980s still proves herself a powerful and breathtakingly quick dance partner in this duet.’
Her dance language is a combination of raw energy and emotional expressiveness. In her new solo Stations, she goes in search of the pure essence of dance in four physical states: fluidity, control, meditation, and obsession. Surfing on the movements of low and high tide, Lecavalier seeks the ultimate freedom. Between bird and elephant, between the desire to fly and the need to be grounded. Every fibre of her body expresses in Stations what cannot be said in words. For Lecavalier, this quest for liberation is a necessity: ‘I threw myself at every step as if my life was at stake.’
‘Stations is a demonstration of Lecavalier's virtuosity and creativity. In just under an hour, the 61-year-old Canadian sweeps across the stage like a dervish. Shortly after, this is followed by scenes that require the utmost in body control. As if she were a creature from another planet.' - Rheinische Post