(photo by André Cornellier)
by Kallee Lins
This is clearly a performance created by someone who defines herself as a dancer first, choreographer second. Lecavalier bombards the audience with nearly constant, frenetic movement, allowing her body to speak to the audience, but without any excessive concern for what it has to say. Montréal-based Mercan Dede composed a pulsing, electronic soundtrack for the solo section, which pushes the movement forward with rapid snare rhythms. Lecavalier covers the space with quick, occasionally Latin-inspired footwork that never misses a beat. If she stops moving momentarily, it is only to move the music’s pulse elsewhere in her body. It’s as if the rhythm gets trapped insider her like a tick she’s unable to shake off. It moves throughout her body, manifesting in a quickly undulating torso or a quivering leg.