Catherine Gaudet

Catherine Gaudet is interested by the body’s subtle transformations occasioned by the ambiguity that underlies our existence. She approaches her choreographic work as a study on the unconscious and elusive aspect of human being, hoping to reveal that which it seeks to conceal. She develops a physicality whereby the body becomes a place of resonance for complex and contradictory sensations percolating beneath the surface. Her choreographic language is interwoven with subtle changes in muscular tension revealing overlapping states, ideas and impulses. In her choreographic writing, the body is the receiver and transmitter of invisible forces, a witness to an existential history at once personal and universal. The raw aspect of bodily states coalesces with the precision of the lines and evolves in step with a finely woven choreographic score. The dancers performing her works are strongly engaged, rising to the challenge presented by a precise control of form, combined with its deconstruction through open performative states.

Catherine Gaudet began her dance career working for various choreographers before turning her attention to her own choreographic research in 2004. Her works include Grosse fatigue (2005), L’arnaque (2006), Sourire forcé (2009), L’invasion du vide (2009), Je suis un autre (2012), Au sein des plus raides vertus (2014), La très excellente et lamentable tragédie de Roméo et Juliette (2016), along with a number of short works. They have been presented in Québec, France, Denmark and Belgium. Catherine Gaudet completed both her bachelor’s degree and her masters in contemporary dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is among the creative minds behind the new Centre de création O Vertigo, together with Mélanie Demers, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Ginette Laurin. She is an associate creator at Daniel Léveillé Danse (DLD) since February 2018, and receives its development and touring support. Catherine Gaudet is a founding member of Lorganisme.

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