I first met Louis-Martin when he was teaching a summer school at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver in 2003. (Louis-Martin and I went to the same school, Canada's National Ballet School, but I graduated 10 years before him.) At a party that summer in Vancouver Louis-Martin told me about his plans to develop as a choreographer and dance filmmaker. I knew then that Louis-Martin was someone I wanted to eventually work with. We didn't meet again for 7 years, but I remembered...and he remembered. What fun when these plans I tuck away in the back of my mind get pulled out and actually take flight!
Louis-Martin wrote this about those intervening 7 years:
Over the years as I have grown as a choreographer I have come to better understand my beliefs and values. This has resulted in the creation of my own personal style. It has become my goal as an artist to uncover the truth about being human and my purpose as a choreographer to find an honest way to communicate what I find to my audience. I aim to say something that has meaning for the audience, and by doing so, to make dance an art form that everyone can understand. I believe that all people are looking for the same thing, love and compassion, but that this search becomes entwined with fear and longing. I am trying to express this human condition.
I am working now on a solo performance which will be presented at the end of November 2010, "By Popular Request, My Last Recital". In it I explore the need an artist has to think about and try to understand what he is contributing to the world. I want to show this side of the artist to the audience.