Step into the Looking Glass

Slow down. Come in close, encounter yourself, fall into another dimension. With the interactive installation Corps secret / Corps public, the trio of Isabelle Van Grimde, Anick La Bissonnière and Thom Gossage combine movement, architecture and sound to transform our everyday environment and to challenge how we use images and time.


Three intriguing structures inhabit the Espace culturel Georges Émile Lapalme at Place des Arts. Flexible and translucent, their walls are a mirror skin where our reflection merges with the reflections of other strangers in transit… and with the reflections of the dancers during performances in an enticing hybridization of bodies, a parallel narrative that adjusts to changing rhythms. An impromptu dance takes shape in the instant of our interrupted journey; looks are exchanged. The wondrous visual fusion of our identities varies depending on the light. Captured by sensors, each of our movements modulates the soundtrack, recomposing the rustling and murmurs of an almost supernatural urban jungle. A portal opens up into reality and we are propelled into the space-time of an elsewhere that is in the here and now.


Corps Secrets / Corps Publics (2016)

Production : Van Grimde Corps Secrets

In coproduction with : Festival TransAmériques, Place des Arts, Anick La Bissonnière, l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Creatives Residencies: Place des Arts, Agora de la danse

Artistic Director : Isabelle Van Grimde

Architectural Installation Dystopie : Anick La Bissonnière

Sound Installation Per Tempus : Thom Gossage in collaboration with Frédéric Filteau

Choreographic Installation : Isabelle Van Grimde

Created with and performed by : Sophie Breton, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Samaël Maurice, Maya Robitaille, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay.

Lighting design : Bruno Rafie

Sensor Engineering : Frédéric Filteau

Technical Director : Émilie Bérubé-Dionne

Production Director : Mikaël Vitali

Choreographer’s assistants : Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Sophie Breton


Van Grimde Corps Secrets is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC), the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) and by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for this production and through its program to aid in the deployment of digital infrastructure.