Summary

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.

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.

Credits

  • Directors: Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert
  • Choreographer: Sylvie Bouchard
  • Performer: Sylvie Bouchard, Bernard Meney and Louise Naubert
  • Sound & Original Music: Claude Naubert
  • Set: Claude Guilmain, Duncan Appleton and Louise Naubert
  • Lighting Design: Guillaume Houët-Brisebois
  • Video imaging and composition: Duncan Appleton, Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert
  • Video and photography (Paris): Guillaume Houët-Brisebois

Reviews

“…Bouchard’s character walks a dangerous path of self-identification that culminates in a stunningly intense transfiguration — nudity and white body-paint alert…” Michael Crabb, Toronto Star (Read review)

“…un spectacle inclassable, explorant les domaines du théâtre, de la danse, de la sculpture et de la vidéo….” Émile Lansman, Le Blog à Émile (Read review)

Performance history

L’implorante premiered from June 6 to June 11, 2011 at the Glendon College in Toronto, and was then performed in Ottawa in 2012, at La nouvelle scène, and as part of Les zones théâtrales.

 

 

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