Skills: Clara Furey, Recent creation

When Even The

Kaveh Nabatian

When Even The is a cycle of performances choreographed and performed by Clara Furey and inspired by the eponymous poem by Leonard Cohen. In this 90-minute work, which will be performed for 90 days in the presence of the Marc Quinn sculpture Coaxial Planck Density (1999), Furey engages in an existential reflection on memory, the passage of time, and death—all major themes in Cohen’s work.

Clara Furey immerses us into a meditative dimension of movement. By inviting those present to gather around an animate body and a mineral body that incarnates grief and decomposition, the performer questions the existential void in a ritual dance, which examines the porosity between life and death.

Exploring the sensuality of the dead and the living, of non-permanence and nonexistence, of the memory of physicality and touch, and the absence of the self, Clara Furey places a mirror in front of our own human condition, one bound by ultimate mortality and the perishable state of being, offering us incarnations of our own finality, our own relationship to existence and disappearance.

Since 2012, after experimenting with several different art forms, including singing, music, film acting, and dance, Furey has focused on choreography. At the crossroads between choreographic movement and performance art, Clara Furey writes her poetry of movement about human interconnections and the hyper-awareness of sensory perceptions. She thereby develops a dance between matter and the absence of matter.

Music : Tomas Furey
Lithing : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Assistant dramator : Nathalie Claude
Video Installation : Kaveh Nabatian.
Partners and creation support: Conseil des Arts du Canada, Par B.L.eux, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Marie-Odette Charbonneau, Serge Goldszal, Jane Hope, Charles Lapointe, Diane Lanctot, Odile Mc Donald, Nathalie Rykiel, Danse à la carte, CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea / Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Espace Marie Chouinard.

has a part in A Crack in Everything, the upcoming exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal that celebrates Leonard Cohen, which is co-curated by John Zeppetelli and Victor Shiffman as part of the official programming for Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.

© Kaveh Nabation