BENOîT LACHAMBRE / PAR B.L.EUX
Benoît gives WORKSHOP #3.
Active in the dance community since the 1970s, Benoît Lachambre first learned about releasing in 1985. This kinesthetic approach to movement and its use of improvisation became an important influence on his choreographic work. He decided to immerse himself in an exploratory approach to movement and its sources, to seek out the authenticity of movement. His work, both as a choreographer and a performer, has at its centre the hyper-awareness of the senses, and the connection between the somatic and the artistic is central to his practice.
Among some of Lachambre’s most important influences are Meg Stuart (with whom he regularly collaborates), Joan Skinner, and Amélia Itcush for her work on the distribution of weight and strength in the body. Along with his work as choreographer and performer, Benoît Lachambre is known for his talent as an educator, having given classes and workshops around the world over the last 25 years.
He founded his own company in Montréal in 1996, christening it Par B.L.eux, ‘B.L.’ for his own initials and ‘eux’ for the artists he chooses to collaborate with, and who have become central to his artistic process. He fosters opportunities for encounter and exchange, and has worked with such internationally-renowned artists as Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz, Marie Chouinard, Louise Lecavalier, Fabrice Ramalingom as well as Meg Stuart and musician Hahn Rowe.
Benoît Lachambre is one of the foremost artist-choreographer-performers of his generation. He has created 17 works for his own company since Par B.L.eux was founded, and participated in more than 20 productions by other companies, in addition to some 25 commissioned works.
His latest solo work, Lifeguard, seeks to further deconstruct the notion of the choreographic impulse, and had its world première in Paris at the Festival June Events in June 2016.