Following the success of Some Hope for the Bastards, celebrated choreographer, dancer and musician Frédérick Gravel returns to Usine C with his first explosive solo. A full-blown choreographic concert, Fear and Greed takes the form of an existential crisis set to a rock beat. It plays for two nights only, November 28 and 29.
“Totally despairing and rocking with fury”
Les Inrocks, 2019
Frédérick Gravel explodes onto the Usine C stage with his first solo. But it turns out to be a crowded solo, as Gravel surrounds himself with a group of seasoned musicians led by Philippe Brault, who play back up to his singular style, raw energy and desperate movements. Driven by an adrenaline-pumping beat and a text co-written with Étienne Lepage, Gravel’s alter ego is on a quest for transcendence. He casts a critical and sardonic eye on self-centredness, while also calling himself out and questioning the relevance of art. With passion and elegance, Gravel unveils his outlandish vision of the world – a world he desperately seeks to reconnect with – his desire to shatter any and all certainties and his plea for total honesty.
A powerful electric charge flows from the stage and pulsates through the room as Gravel, true to form, makes it all explode.
One of the most important Quebec artists on the international scene, Frédérick Gravel defies traditions, reinventing the stage by constructing his own brand of organized artistic chaos. The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer delights in disrupting the structures of choreography, incorporating elements from rock and performance art into his work. He joined Daniel Léveillé Danse in 2010 and was appointed artistic director of the company in 2018. He is a regular at Usine C, where he has presented, among others, Cabaret Gravel (2015) and Some Hope for the Bastards (2017).
“Frédérick Gravel has impressed audiences both in Quebec and abroad with his choreographic concerts and his universe of electrifying energy, raw sexuality and ironic nonchalance.”
– Nayla Naoufal, Le Devoir, Montréal
Presented by Frédérick Gravel at Usine C
November 28th at 7pm + November 29th at 8pm