In this Open Studio, Soraïda Caron & Ito Laïla Lefrançois present the first results of their Studio Québec residency.
"Corps - Territoire is a research project on the discovery of a hybrid form between contemporary dance and sculpture. The sculptor Ito Laïla Lefrançois and I, Soraïda Caron, dancer and choreographer, want to start by looking at the movement that can come from sculptural works and the immobility generated by dance movement. With the help of various creative exercises (improvisation, role-playing, etc.) we will try to bring our media together in a single body. It is important for us not to "costume" the body but to transfigure it in order to create a new entity. This mix will certainly create another movement that we look forward to." Soraïda Caron
Studio Québec is a residency programme for artistic exchange in the field of choreography between Germany and Québec. Each year, Canadian and German artists are invited to spend several weeks in residence in the other country. Studio Québec is a cooperation between fabrik Potsdam, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Goethe-Institut Montréal with the support of the State of Brandenburg and the City of Potsdam.
After completing her bachelor's degree in contemporary dance at the Université du Québec in Montréal, Soraïda Caron moved back to Trois-Pistoles (Québec). Strengthened by her experience as a performer in Montreal and France, she developed her career as a teacher, performer and choreographer, for which she was awarded the Prix À La Relève Artistique du Bas-Saint Laurent in 2011. In 2015, she founded the company Mars Elle Danse, of which she is the director, artist and choreographer. She created the pieces Belles Bêtes, Lignes de force, Élégante chair, Les Petits désordres and Dansons aux Jardins. Firmly rooted in her region, Soraïda also offers recurring events, including the dance festival Le Marathon de la Création and the event on the quay of Trois-Pistoles Au quai, on danse!. In 2022, she received the prestigious CALQ Award - Artist of the Year in the Bas-Saint Laurent for her life's work.
Ito Laïla Lefrançois explores the boundary between human beauty and ugliness. She explores natural areas and their material and immaterial resources. Ito has a double degree in arts and crafts, namely glass and sculpture. Her awards include the 2015 Royal Bank of Canada Scholarship for Emerging Glass Artists and the 2018 CALQ Award for Emerging Artists of the Bas-St-Laurent Region. She has realized about twenty solo exhibitions in museums, galleries and contemporary art artist centers in Québec, Canada, France and Norway.
In residence from 01 August to 21 September 2023.