In 2000, the newly established Les Productions de la Gorgone took as its mandate to create, research, experiment with, develop, and perform original, high-quality choreographed work in Canada and internationally, and to combine other artforms with choreography.
Since its inception, the company has become identified with the solo work of choreographer and performer Guylaine Savoie. Her style is instantly recognizable in its poetic dream quality and frequent use of symbolic imagery. She achieves a total integration of the other arts rather than juxtaposing them, creating truly cross-disciplinary work that adds a new artistic range to Montreal's contemporary dance scene. But whatever other arts she uses, the human body remains the matter and energy at the centre of each work.
The company has developed three dance pieces for stage and video: Méduse ou la tête de Gorgô (2002); Intérieur Nuit (2005); and Un étranger (2005).
Guylaine Savoie : "The Gorgons were three snake-haired sea-monsters whose gaze turned anyone who dared look at them to stone. But one of the sisters, Medusa, was mortal. Perseus found a way to approach her, using his shield as a mirror to avoid meeting her eyes. When he cut off her head, the majestic white winged horse Pegasus sprang from her severed neck, a symbol of light."
Aline Apostolka : "Just as Perseus's strategy refers to the idea of approaching someone indirectly rather than head on, myth invites us to discover the truth about others beyond the images projected."
La Presse , February 28, 2002
Artistic and Managing Director: Guylaine Savoie
Board of Directors:
Chair: Micheline Letourneur (researcher)
Vice-Chair: André Pappathomas (composer)
Secretary-Treasurer: Guylaine Savoie (choreographer)