La La La Human Steps

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La La La Human Steps is a Québécois contemporary dance group in Canada, known for its energetic, acrobatic style that often involves fast-paced and athletic physical contact. Its signature move is the barrel jump, which is like a horizontal pirouette in the air.

The first mentioning of the group in the New York Times, after the premiere of Human Sex, stated:

"This [performance] integrates punk art music into the dancing - which features the fearless physicality of a group of high-flying and nose-diving performers. There is also the added interest of the dancers producing sound by activating laser-beam instruments with their bodies. [...] Yet the style - Miss Lecavalier wears a Merry Widow corset, tights, running shoes and a mustache - is different. There is something touching about seeing a younger generation reinvent a wheel, however naively: this difference in attitude defines our times."[1]

The troupe has collaborated with rock musicians, including David Bowie, David Lang, Frank Zappa, Skinny Puppy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kevin Shields, and Carole Laure. It was formed in 1980 by Édouard Lock under the name Lock-Danseurs and showcased for many years Louise Lecavalier. The group appears regularly in its hometown of Montreal, Quebec and all over the world.

The current soloist of La La La Human Steps is Grace-Anne Powers.[2]

Repertoire[edit]

  • Lily Marlene in the Jungle (1980)
  • Oranges (1981)
  • Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel (1983)
  • Human Sex (1985) - Video
  • New Demons (1987) - Video
  • Infante C'est Destroy (1991) - Video
  • 2 (1995)
  • Exaucé/Salt (1998) - Video
  • Amelia (2002) - Video
  • Amjad (2007)[3] - Video
  • Untitled (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Kisselgoff: Edouard Lock's Punk Style. New York Times, 6 October 1985
  2. ^ "Companies: La La La Human Steps". de Ballet. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Susan Walker (2007-05-15). "La La La takes romantic steps". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 

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