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Richard Tremblay



Contemporary Dance, Choreography-Theatre, and the Kathakali Dance-Theatre
Heading his way for choreography in the 70s, Richard Tremblay immerses himself into the choreographic theater, authoring several stage works with Téâtram, his then company. Among his early works, Madam's Being Carried Away (1975-78) is invited to the Baltimore New Theater Festival, next to performances in India at the National School of Drama and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, in Delhi, and the Tagore Theater, in Srinagar. Constantly in search for new codes in the dance and the theater, Richard Tremblay attends the Indian institution of Kathakali, in Kerala. After his six-year programme of training, he creates The Kathakali Iliad, The Anger of Achilles (1988) in the new Kathakali repertoire, a work commissioned by the Kerala Kalamandalam. The Indian premiere of the Kathakali Iliad was presented in Bombay (1991), with a revival in Singapore (2000). Richard Tremblay impersonates Kathakali characters from epic stories. He has performed kathakali and contemporary dance in solo and with groups.
With The Anger of Achilles, choreographer Richard Tremblay has contributed to the Kathakali repertoire. The choreographer is largely influenced by his intense rapport to the Kathakali dance-theatre in his contemporary dance. Following a residency at the Odile Duboc’s Centre chorégraphique (Belfort, France), he choreographs Prayer for a Rope, a Pope, And a Rogue (2003), a contemporary dance staged for six dancers and four musicians, to light and stage design by Jean-Guy Lecat, once closely associated to Peter Brook's theatre. The eighty-minute dance work was co-presented by Danse Kalashas, Ensemble Mahapooram and the Usine C Theater, in Montreal. His Legends of Jil & Yill (2004-05), remains particularly faithful to the choreographer’s development, given its integration of the text and music with the matter of the dance. Curve in Snowflake (1995), Heaps of percolation (1993), Paradox of the Burning Sky (1992), The Attracteur of Ezhikode (1991), Of Mice and Other Similar Devices (1990), and Indra (1986) are among his contemporary dance works. Richard Tremblay holds a PhD degree in kathakali dance-theatre from the Indian university Kerala Kalamandalam, and is engaged in dance research.

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