REVIEW: Complexe des Genres, Aarhus Teater

Aarhus is hosting the ILT13 (International Living Theater) festival these days. Complexe des Genres from the Canadian troupe La Compagnie Virginie Brunelle is staged at Aarhus Teater. It’s a powerful and complexe physical and psychological performance.

6 ud af 6 stjerner

Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois
Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois

This dance performance creates illusions and breaks illusions. It calls our self-perception in question. Who are we? How do we act with our own gender and the opposite gender? Are we able to enlarge our physical and psychological capacities? La Compagnie Virginie Brunelle answers these questions with equivocal human installations. This performance is not a dance show. It’s not only a performance. Complexe des Genres is an anatomical piece of artwork.

Accompanied with beautiful and sensitive music these six dancers go through with an extremely exacting performance. The choreographer Virginie Brunelle has designed an unconventional choreography that feels like putting several mirrors in front of yourself and then break the mirrors one by one. Virginie Brunelle lets us look into ourselves to see the limitations we won’t acknowledge. And to see how helpless we could be in some states of life. That is why this is so complex!

Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois
Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois

The performance is humorous, and it contains suspense and engages its public. You will see precisely controlled bodies, feet and hands. You will see intense visual storytelling. You will feel the dancers. You will hear their breaths. You will be both entertained and overwhelmed. It’s real, and it’s living.


Choreographer: Virginie Brunelle | Dancers: Isabelle Arcand, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault, Sophie Breton, Claudine Hébert, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, and Dominic CaronLighting designer: Alexandre Pilon-GuayMusic by: Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Max Richter, Phillip Glass, and Menomena

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