To the pain that lingers

2016 | 60 minutes

Choreographer Virginie Brunelle
Dancers Isabelle Arcand, Claudine Hébert, Sophie Breton, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Peter Trosztmer
Light Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Costumes designer Elen Ewing, Marilène Bastien
Sound design Jean Gaudreau, Virginie Brunelle
Dramaturgy Stéphanie Jasmin
Rehearsal director Anne Le Beau
Coproducers Centre national des Arts, Fonds de création CanDanse, (Agora de la danse, Banff Centre, Theatre Junction GRAND, Vancouver International Dance Festival)

In this piece, choreographer Virginie Brunelle raises a toast to raw emotion with bitter poetry that questions the unfinished, the incomplete – what might remain between two people – offering this sustained action frozen in time like a memory, an aching pain. A mark, a link, a point of reference that is both timeless and of a specific time, the piece casts a gaze at the group, the family and the self. In a contemporary society nourished by this dangerous substance, Virginie Brunelle proves that pain can also be an emotional bridge, a source for encounters between the six performers and the audience, an experience that leaves no one unscathed.

“But in À la douleur que j’ai she offered a new and intense work that oscillated between brutality and delicateness, and proved the point that sadness and pain can also be a bridge, perhaps between the past and the present, but also between desolation and healing.”

Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

“The piece To the pain that lingers presents a 70 minutes of emotional turbulence where the complexity of pain is largely inspected. Six dancers, two men and four women interact with each other limning emotional, vulnerable reactions with agile but grounded bodies.”

Veronica Posth,