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Frédérick Gravel is arguably the most significant dance artist to emerge in Québec in the past ten years

—The Globe and Mail

In a return engagement with the Quick, Québec dance artist Frédérick Gravel brings his enthralling, raw energy and mesmerizing interpretation of emotion and sensuality to the U.S. premiere of his newest work: This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times), in which the choreographer and performer further investigates what it means, simply and harshly, to be human.

In this scaled-back piece for two people, in which we enter the dance of a couple in love and in which Gravel is intent upon, as he says, “keeping it real” and vulnerable, challenging the gendered cliches around duets in dance, the ideas are bigger than just the duet happening onstage.

Montreal-based Gravel, the Artistic Director for Daniel Léveillé Danse, is a dancer, choreographer, guitarist, singer, and lighting designer whose work is presented in settings ranging from underground performance spaces to scholarly symposia; he has had several residencies at the Quick Center. Gravel has been distinguished as one in a “new wave of choreographers who are breaking down the image of elitism in contemporary dance to make it more accessible” (Voir). Gravel’s work turns the traditional structure of choreography upside down, merging various aspects of rock and performance art.

More about Gravel → Read a review of This Duet That We've Already Done (so many times) → Watch a video of Some Hope for the Bastards → Check out more videos on the artist’s Vimeo channel →
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