With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in contemporary dance from UQAM, Catherine Gaudet has established herself as a choreographer with a strong and unique style. Scratching beneath the facade of social convention, she tracks down the jolts of the unconscious and the micro-movements in the body that betray the emotions and sensations that we try to conceal. Obsessed with the pursuit of existential truth, she delves into the meandering intricacies of the psyche, searching for beauty in contradiction. Her stentorian dance emerges from forces that oppose, constrain and control characters with tormented appearances. Its raw and precise physicality intertwines with a theatricality that subtly combines dramatic tension, absurdity and dark humor.
She presents her first choreography in 2004, making her mark over the next two years with Grosse fatigue (2005), winner of the Arhus International Choreography Competition in Denmark, and L’arnaque (2006).
In 2021, she premieres the solo piece, Se dissoudre, which explores the illusory nature of our perception of time, and presents Les jolies choses, her latest creation for five dancers, at the 2022 FTAs (Festival TransAmériques).
Catherine is now the artistic and general director of Compagnie Catherine Gaudet, a member of the Circuit-Est centre choréographique, an associated artist at DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse and an associated artist at Agora de la danse.
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