Misunderstood and alienated, her genius was terrifying. Of sound mind and in full possession of her magnificent talent, the one whom Rodin described as ‘his most extraordinary disciple’, Camille was committed in 1913, at 49 years old.
L'Implorante - Sylvie Bouchard. Photo by Joseph Michael photography
L'implorante premiered from June 6 to June 11, 2011 at the Glendon College in Toronto.
While on tour in Europe, a choreographer (played by Sylvie Bouchard) visits the Rodin Museum in Paris. She comes upon an autobiographical sculpture by Camille Claudel, Rodin’s student and mistress, on her knees begging him not to leave her. The work, entitled “L’Āge mūr” (Mature Age), so disturbs the choreographer that she becomes obsessed by the emotive power of its three characters and even more so by “L’Implorante” the third figure in the group. Desperate to understand the emotional charge within this sculpture, she begins a frantic search through Camille’s personal correspondence. She works on movements in suspension as Claudel worked on a piece of clay. Louise Naubert and Bernard Meney are the voices from the letters. What inspires us? What moves us to create? In this project we oppose, as expression of emotion, immobility of suspended movement in sculptural art and the body in motion in time and space.
Directed by Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert.
Performed by Sylvie Bouchard, Bernard Meney and Louise Naubert.
Choreography : Sylvie Bouchard; Scenic environment: Claude Guilmain collaboration Duncan Appleton and Louise Naubert; Sound design and original music: Claude Naubert ; Lighting design: Guillaume Houët-Brisebois; Video imaging and composition: Duncan Appleton (collaboration: Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert); Video and photography (Paris): Guillaume Houët-Brisebois.