Louise Lecavalier: Body Speech

By Jillian Groening


Opening with a shot of Louise Lecavalier’s feet suspended in the air of her sun-streaked studio, the short film Body Speech provides an arresting insight into the career of the Canadian contemporary dance icon. Black-and-white images from the past – her work with Édouard Lock and La La La Human Steps – are projected on the walls of her studio as the mesmerizing Lecavalier moves around the space with raw intent, surging forward while memories float above. A living, breathing retrospective is created while Lecavalier speaks of her love of dance and discovery. A photo of her with David Bowie shimmers on the wall as her narrated voice talks about how stage fright affects a performance and how she never wants to lose the magic that lies in the unknown territory of being a beginner. Produced by the National Film Board along with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation in celebration of Lecavalier’s Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, she leaves the viewer with words of wisdom: “You need to be firmly rooted in order to fly.”

Up next, Lecavalier will be taking her most recent work, So Blue, to her home province of Québec with performances in Laval and Longueuil

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