UofC | $15
Manuel’s Class focus on the sharing of a singular kinesthetic experience. Throughout specific exercices, leaded improvisations and repertory, the dancers will explore the notions of extreme fluidity, isolation, specific weight shifting, verticality. The class address the notion of liberty of an interperter, using a system of movement, improviastion score or a stricty written vocabulary, and encourages the artist to develop their own physical identity .
Manuel Roque has had a long and diverse career as a performer for dance companies such as Marie Chouinard, Dominique Porte, Peter James, Sylvain Émard Danse, Fortier Danse-Création, and Daniel Léveillé. Manuel is also a celebrated choreographer. After creating the short works, Brendon et Brenda (2002) and Ô mon bateau (2004), he signed the solo RAW-me (2010) and the duet Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde with Lucie Vigneault (2012), integrating dance and theatre practise. In 2013, he founded the company Manuel Roque and presented In Situ at Place des Arts in Montréal. His latest solo creation, Data, has been presented at Usine C and the FTA Festival. It questions the notion of identity, transformation and mutation through a formal and hyper physical performance. It has benefited from a residency in Bassano del Grappa (OperaEstate) in Italy and at L’Usine C (Montréal) and has received critic acclaim. During 2014-2015 season, Manuel participated to “Migrant Bodies”, an international research project involving Canada, Italy, France and Croatia and was supported by the European Council. This project included residencies and performances in each country.
His creative practice focuses on the contemporary movement at the meeting of kinesthesic virtuosity and still presence. Revolving around the notion of contemporary human condition, his work aims to open consciousness and to propose sensible, poetic and genuine artistic propositions.
Manuel also choreographs contemporary circus (Babel, presented at the festival Montréal Complètement Cirque in 2012, 2013 and 2014) and teaches interpretation/creation workshops at the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine of Montréal.