"I dive down into the depth of the ocean of forms, hoping to gain the perfect pearl of the formless." – Rabindranath Tagore.
ARŪPA is a journey into the antechamber of forms. Through a yantra, a ritualized geometric space determining the choreographic territory, we explore the imprints left by our respective practices of Odissi and Bharatanatyam. In doing so, we seek to reveal the sensitive experience hiding behind the forms. Like two contemplative warriors, we move from invocation to evocation. Our shapeshifting dance progresses around and inside an imaginary temple where the notions of paths, passages and gates intersect. ARŪPA is an invitation to enter into a musical and choreographic architecture where fragments of transparency appear; where memory, thought and intuition exist somewhere between form and formlessness.
Choreographer and dancer: Sonia St-Michel, Julie Beaulieu
Original music: Jonathan Voyer
Lights: Chantal Labonté
Costumes: Roxane Beaulieu