Bio & Texts – JJ’s voices

BENOÎT LACHAMBRE

Benoît Lachambre is a Montréal-based choreographer, dancer, improviser, teacher and artistic director of his own company Par B.L.eux founded in 1996. Benoît has been a part of the international dance community for the past thirty years. He began his career in jazz and modern dance with companies as Les ballets-Jazz de Montréal, Pointépiénu and Toronto Dance Theater before he moved to New York and danced and studied with Stéphanie Skura and Nina Martin, among others. Since then he has devoted himself to an exploratory approach of movement and its sources and to seeking authenticity of motion. In his works, Benoît explores the dynamics of communication and perception, and elements of the visual and performance arts are inseparable from dance. Par B.L.eux is devoted to contemporary and interdisciplinary choreographic creation, and the close connection to an international network of artists. The company has toured around the world, essentially in Europe, but also in the Americas and Asia.

Benoît is part of many projects, working with such choreographers as Lynda Gaudreau, Felix Ruckert, Catherine Contour, Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz, and Isabelle Schad, as well as visual artist Laurent Goldring. He has created appreciated solos for Louise Lecavalier and Marion Ballester. With Meg Stuart and her company, Damaged Goods based in Brussels and Hahn Rowe, he co-created the highly acclaimed piece Forgeries, love and other matters for which he won the prestigious Bessie Award in New York. In addition to this Benoît Lachambre has received the Jacqueline Lemieux Award from the Canada Council 1999 and two Dora Mavor Moores for best performance and best choreography in 2001. Benoît Lachambre has also participated in several films, one for which he has won a Moving Pictures Award in Toronto in 2003. Between 2005-2008 he was associate choreographer at Scène Nationale de Brest, France.

In November 2009 Benoît Lachambre created JJ’s voices directly for Cullberg Ballet on the small stage at House of Dance, Stockholm. The creation, which was Lachambre’s first in Sweden, was inpired by Janis Joplin’s voice.