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Noémie Lafrance (Canada 1973) lives and works in New York City. She is a site-specific Choreographer/Director and founder of Sens Production (2001), a production company that produces her site-specific choreography for urban architecture and her dance films.

Her site-specific performances, installations and films explore human movements in man-made landscapes, creating a performance language that interacts with the environment and the audience. Each creation uses an existing indoors/outdoors public site or piece of urban architecture as the setting and inspiration for the performance. The choreography constructs narratives through the movement of people in their real surroundings. The material is choreographed and rehearsed on site with the participation of large casts of performers and collaborating artists. The creation process pursues the intrinsic meaning of place for its historical, symbolic and energetic values and explores how places are marked by the "life" of people and objects and vice versa. The final product is imbued with the atmosphere of the space and reflects on the enhanced possibilities of live work performed outside of the black-box theater. Between stage and reality, the performance unfolds as an intimate and unpredictable voyage for traveling viewers.

Melt (2010) is a short dance film inspired by the Melt live performance work. The short film depicts a delicate, sensual and dramatic experience of the physical body in exile and surrender. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that are slowly melting away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion as if approaching the sun, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light. DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED Noémie Lafrance CAST Elizabeth Wilkinson, Mare Hieronimus, Teresa Kochis, Celeste Hastings, Ori Lenkinski, Adi Kfir, Meghan Merrill, Marcy Schlissel, Sarah Donnelly PRODUCER Natalie Galazka DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Bryan Newman SOUNDTRACK Erin McGoningle SCORE REMIX Brooks Williams BEESWAX COSTUMES Noémie Lafrance RIGGING DESIGN Spencer Evans FUNDING bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) SUPPORTED by Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel, a division of CTVglobemedia Inc.

Eyes, nose, mouth (2009) is inspired by our body’s physical, emotional and psychological relationship to space. Exploring spaces that are public versus private, It moves through the fluid stream of consciousness of three solitary characters, reacting to a series of changing urban and natural landscapes. The collage of settings creates a narrative thread that reflects on the characters' transforming emotional states and relationships. CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION Noémie Lafrance CAST Mare Hieronimus, Ori Lenkinski, Jeffrey Lyon, Peter Jacobs PRODUCER Natalie Galazka CREATIVE ADVISOR Patrick Daughters DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Vinit Borrison SOUNDTRACK Brooks Williams ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Ayelen Liberona OFFLINE EDITOR Ayelen Liberona ONLINE EDITOR Brad Turner

Rapture Film (2008) is a short-film celebrating the architecture of Frank Gehry in movement. Dancers defying gravity and scale rush up and down the hills of a metallic desert against the sky’s backdrop. Set atop the undulating rooftops of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, Rapture features six dancers retained by ropes performing on the outside surface of the building, superimposing their bodies to the architecture in a sensual and dynamic choreography evoking the epic setting. CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION Noémie Lafrance CAST Heather Hammond, Corey Harrower, Gary Lai, Jeffrey Lyon, Chelsea O”Brian, Kevin O’Connor PRODUCER Natalie Galazka DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Carlos Veron SOUNDTRACK Janek Schaefer RIGGING DESIGN Sean Riley DIRECTION ASSISTANCE Ayelen Liberona EDITOR Adam Soutar, Post Millennium SITE The Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College designed by Frank Gehry FUNDING Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) SUPPORTED by Bravo! NewStyleArtsChannel, a division of CTVglobemedia Inc.

Home (2009) The Home performances invite the audience to convene around the body, interact with the performer and explore the body as a place. By way of a series of mise en scene that depict the micro and the macro body(ies), the subject and object body(ies), the body(ies) as public vs. private space, Home unfolds as a surreal and sensual voyage on the body's infinite landscapes. CHOREOGRAPHY & DIRECTION Noémie Lafrance CAST Noémie Lafrance, Maré Hieronimus, Celeste Hastings & Melissa Lockwood PRODUCER Sens Production SOUNDTRACK Brooks Williams LIGHTING DESIGN Thomas Dunn PROPS Carlos Ancalmo, Randy Carfagno, Noémie Lafrance COSTUMES Noémie Lafrance

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