Sunday, May 1, 2011

►Noémie Lafrance - Choreographer

►Noémie Lafrance (born November 22, 1973) is a Canadian-born choreographer living and working in New York since 1994. She is known for making large-scale site-specific dance performances that uses the architecture of the city as settings for her work. She is the founder and artistic director of Sens Production ( a not-for-profit dance production company based in Brooklyn and founded in 2001. She has received a Bessie Award and a MVPA award for her work. The Feist music video 1234 that she choreographed was nominated for a Grammy.

Her piece Descent was performed in a twelve-story stairwell designed by legendary architect Stanford White in Lower Manhattan. The performance ran more than 80 times to a total audience of over 5000 people in 2001, 2002 and 2003. 

Noir, a piece staged in a parking garage and viewed by the audience through the windshield of their cars was presented as a part of the Whitney Biennial and was co-produced by Danspace Project in 2004. Lafrance was commissioned by the Neuberger Museum of Art to create Unseen: Landscapes, a performance inspired by April Gornik’s paintings and performed by the MFA students at Purchase College SUNY in fall of 2004. Her work Migrations, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum at Altria, and was performed as part of the 2005 Performance on 42nd Street. Agora, followed by its second version, Agora II, were produced and presented by Sens Production in the abandoned McCarren Park Pool site in Brooklyn in 2005 and 2006. 

The performance reopened the abandoned site to the public for the first time in 20 years, was seen by more than 15,000 people and was performed more than 30 times. She choreographed Invasion as part of Dance Charettes produced by Dancing in the Streets at Governor's Island. In 2008, Lafrance was commissioned to create Rapture using the architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, NY. Lafrance has since started a series of performances sponsored by Tiffany & Co.Home using her body as the site for the performance. 

Her work Melt originally created in 2003 in the Black and White Gallery’s courtyard in Brooklyn, features dancers covered in bee’s wax and lanolin performing on seats attached to a wall. Melt toured to the Festival TransAmerique, in Montreal, Mellemrum in Copenhagen and SESC in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2008. 

The site-specific performances and installations directed by choreographer Noémie Lafrance, performed by 3 dancers (Ori Lenkinski, Megan Metcalf, Emma Stein) perched on small seats affixed to the wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that slowly melted away illustrating the transformation of the ephemeral body into light...

Noémie Lafrance has worked on films, videos and TV commercials since 2007. The Feist video 1234 which she choreographed was featured on the Apple Ipod Nano commercial and aired internationally. She recently choreographed the viral commercial Daffy’s dance for the clothing retailer Daffy’s in 2009. She has collaborated with director Patrick Daughters on several videos and commercials and with visual artist Doug Aitken on his film installation Sleepwalking, commissioned by MOMA in winter 2007. She has also worked with David Byrne on the choreography of his latest world tour launching his new album with Brian Eno in September 2008. 

Ms Lafrance was commissioned to choreograph the Opera King Rogers and Ballet Harnasie for twelve dancers and fifty chorus singers directed by Lech Majeski in the summer of 2008 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Lafrance made her debut as a film director with Rapture, a black and white short film featuring elements of her performance staging the architecture of Frank Gehry in 2008. In 2009, she recently a short film, her first site-specific choreography for the camera entitled Eyes Nose Mouth

Recently, she directed and choreographed Melt in 2010, a short dance film inspired by the Melt live performance work.

An intimate dance-spectacle by Noémie Lafrance.The Home performances invite the audience to convene around the body, interact with the performer and explore the body as a place. By way of a series of mise en scene that depict the micro and the macro body(ies), the subject and object body(ies), the body(ies) as public vs. private space, Home unfolds as a surreal and sensual voyage on the body's infinite landscapes...

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