Rather a Ditch


“To die… to go into the darkness… if it is darkness… to go to the river… if it is a river… but alone and without the illusion of love… naked and disastrously free…”
– Howard Barker

Clara Furey brings us a piece echoing the hypnotic Steve Reich album Different Trains and its exploration of destiny’s duality and fragility. Created for the first Montreal edition of Oliver Bertrand’s Projet ALBUM, Rather a Ditch puts into play Furey’s existential dance experiments, driving an exploration of the porous boundaries between life and death.

Céline Bonnier slips from one state to the other. She explores internal landscapes and finds radiance in an all-encompassing darkness. In dialogue with the imposing yet fragile scenography imagined by Caroline Monnet, across the lines of space and sound, the work’s choreography creates a language that is both figurative and abstract, where the most basic movements take on new meaning.



Original idea Olivier Bertrand

Concept and Artistic Direction Clara Furey

Co-creation and Performance Céline Bonnier

Sonic Conception Jean-François Blouin

Sonic Research Ida Toninato

Set Design Caroline Monnet

Costume Design Michèle Hamel

Lighting Design Karine Gauthier

Lighting Design Assistant Tim Rodrigues

Technical Direction during the creation Maude Bernier

Technical Direction on tour Karine Gauthier

Outside Eyes Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes

International distribution  A Propic | Line Rousseau & Marion Gauvent

Production Clara Furey

Executive Production Par B.L.eux

Partners and Creation Support Centro per la Scena Contemporanea(CSC) de Bassano del Grappa, Danse à la Carte, La Chapelle – Scènes Contemporaines, Par B.L.eux

Co-production Festival TransAmériques, La Chapelle – Scènes Contemporaines

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of
Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec