Dance is a means for change

ARTISTIC VISION

Petrikor Danse focuses on interdisciplinary collaborative work. Its mandate is to provide audiences with complete artistic experiences that generate a place of reflection and dialogue. Petrikor seeks to democratize art by combining different art forms and investing in socially engaged subjects.

- BETTINA SZABO - 

Artist Statement

As a child, I wanted to "save the world", nothing less! Later, at the beginning of the 2000s, I saw the show Near life by the Ballet Preljocaj, and at that precise moment, I understood that dance would let me do it. I saw that it has the power of direct access to the emotions, making it universal. Today, more modestly, I would like to use my creativity to make a difference.

Fundamentally an activist, I gravitate towards subjects of research related to the human condition: feminism, environment and migration... The need to denounce injustice is a strong source of inspiration for me. My work enables me to satisfy this need through the creation of fictional worlds where the audience is invited to reflect, inciting indignation, but above all, empathy and compassion.

My process is often based on academic research, interviews and sometimes even surveys I do around my subject of interest. Then the movement research starts. Combining meditation and imagery, I open doors to the body's subconscious reactions. This practice enables me to obtain raw movement that is deeply rooted inside the dancer. It is fluid and deconstructed movement that requires a refined consciousness of the body, as well as a very honest presence that can be internal and external at the same time. I work with original compositions of music for each work, which often include the intrinsic sound found during research. I seek to heighten the sonority of movement and have it counterpoint the sound that composers propose for the creations.

Step by step, the dramaturgy unveils itself, inspiring the collaborators that join as the process advances. Once the basic movement material is there, it is time to invite the designers; lighting, set and costumes get integrated early on in the process. They become extensions of the dancers, offering dramaturgical and poetic support for the different atmospheres that I want to create.

By offering a limited explanation, my approach results in abstract, organic movement that generates an emotional rather than intellectual reaction. Inspired by Kent Monkman, Tim Burton or even Maurits Cornelis Escher, I create strong images, with multiple interpretations, which are curious and sometimes annoying, but that reveal a peculiar uncanny beauty. They contain in themselves a message that, once seen, belongs to the spectator, and is his or hers to feel and understand.

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Artistic director | choreographer | dancer

Born in Uruguay, Bettina Szabo has danced and choreographed in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) since 2007. She studied with Hebe Rosa in Montevideo, at Concordia University and École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, as well as with Rami Be’er in Israel. She also followed several professional development workshops and master classes with Marie Chouinard, Dave St-Pierre and Susanna Hood, among others.

Bettina has danced for the Ballet de Camara de Montevideo (2004-2007), Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel (2010), and Interlope in Montreal (2013-2014). In 2006, she created the dance collective Jeli-Mien, with which she was awarded the emerging choreographer and emerging interpreter award from the National Ministry of Culture and Sport from Uruguay.

For Bettina, dance is a means of communication that enables a connection to the audience without limitation of language or social class. In 2014, she creates Noir=+ for percussionist and dancer, after a research residency at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Lyon. This was her first interdisciplinary collaboration, which marked the beginning of her close ties with live music. As an interpreter, she is interested in collaborative research and somatic movement. She premiered Habitat in 2017 at the ZH Festival after a dual residency at the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid and ImPulsTanz in Vienna. She is currently working on her new project Cuña, in collaboration with Émilie Allard (visual art), Keiko Devaux (Music Composition) and Angélique Willkie (dramaturgy).

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

2020

- Guest artist in residency for Portal Initiative. Phi Centre, Montreal, Canada.

- Technical residency of creative research in collaboration with Coraline Claude and Paula Alvez. Collectif 12, Mantes La Jolie, France.

- Presentation of Carnivourous. Solo exploration. Short and Sweet XXL at Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV), Montreal, Canada.

- Presentation of Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Contemporary Dance Festival, Ramallah, Palestine.

- Presentation of Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Tangente, Wilder Building, Montreal, Canada.

2019

Habitat official selection at Parcours Danse. Wilder Building, Montreal, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Habitat. Marie Chouinard Studios, Montreal, Canada.

- Creation residency for Habitat. Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI), Montreal, Canada.

- Technical residency for Cuña. Centre d’Art Diane Dufresne, Repentigny, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Cuña. École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM), Montréal, Canada.

2018

Research and creation residency for Habitat. Marie Chouinard Studios, Montreal, Canada.

- Creation residency for Cuña. MAI, Montreal, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Cuña. EDCM, Montreal, Canada.

- Technical residency for Cuña. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Cuña. Circuit-Est, Montreal, Canada.

2017

- Premiere of Habitat. Solo piece, short version. ZH Festival, Montreal, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Cuña. Under mentorship of Angélique WillkieCircuit-Est, Montreal, Canada.

- Research and creation residency for Habitat. As part of the Atlas program (Creating Dance Trails). ImpusTanz, Vienna, Austria.

- Research and creation residency for Habitat. Casa De Velazquez, Madrid, Spain.

2016

- Presentation of Noir=+. Piece for dance and percussion. Klugar Foundry, Geneva, Switzerland.

- Research and creation residency for Noir=+. With Matka Contemporary Music Ensemble. Klugar Foundry, Geneva, Switzerland.

- Premiere of Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Commission by Métamorphose (Studio 303), Montreal, Canada.

- Registration of Petrikor Danse.

- Presentation of Séquelles. Duet for dancer and double-bass. Dance Matters Festival, Toronto, Canada.

2015

- Premiere of Séquelles. Duet for dancer and double-bass. Created in collaboration with composer Brice Gatinet. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

- Presentation of Noir=+. Piece for dance and percussion. Pollack Hall, Montreal, Canada.

2014

- Premiere of Noir =+. Piece for dance and percussion. Théâtre Astrée Lyon, France. 

2013

- Research and creation residency for Noir =+. Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse of Lyon, France. 

2012

- Premiere of Duality. Solo piece. Choreography and interpretation: Bettina Szabo. Nuit Blanche Festival, Fresh Paint Gallery, Montreal, Canada.

2009

- Premiere of Conandrum. Piece for two dancers. Choreography and interpretation: Bettina Szabo, in collaboration with Sophie Melis. Sijri Theatre, Kibboutz Ga’Aton, Israel.

2006

Premiere of Buen Viaje? Piece for three dancers. With the dance collective Jeli–Mien. Choreography and interpretation: Bettina Szabo, in collaboration with Martin Garcia and Luciana Lacoste. Teatro Galpon, Montevideo, Uruguay.

 
 
 

INTERPRETER

2020

Carnivourous. Solo exploration. Choreography: Petrikor Danse / Bettina Szabo. Short and Sweet XXL, CCOV, Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada.

- Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Choreography: Petrikor Danse / Bettina Szabo. Programmed at the Contemporary Dance Festival, Ramallah, Palestine.

- Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Choreography: Petrikor Danse / Bettina Szabo. Programmed at Tangente, Wilder Building, Montreal, Canada.

2019

- Cadavre. Solo piece. Direction: Jay Cutler. Premiered at MAI, Montreal, Canada.

- Habitat. Solo piece, short version. Choreography: Petrikor Danse / Bettina Szabo. Official selection at Parcours Danse, Wilder Building, Montreal, Canada.

2017

- Sans retouche. Group piece. Choreography: Marie-Denise Bettez. Presented at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, Montreal, Canada.

- La Case Départ. Group piece. Choreography: Geneviève Lauzon. Presented at Chapiteau Chaplin, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada.

- Do It Montreal. Group piece. Choreography: Dana Michael. Presented at the UQAM art gallery, Montreal, Canada.

2013 to 2015

- Member of the dance collective Interlope. Direction: Léa Tremblay-Fong. Canada and Palestine.

2014

- Solo Infâme. Group piece, remix version. Choreography: Marie Chouinard. Direction: Théa Patterson. Presented at the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), Montreal, Canada.

2010

- Soloist of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II. Direction: Gali Kalef Hayun and Danny Eshel. Artistic direction: Rami Be’er. Israel.

2005 to 2007

- Creo. Ballet de Camara de Montevideo, Direction: Hebe Rosa. Montevideo, Uruguay.

- Rosas. Ballet de Camara de Montevideo, Direction: Hebe Rosa. Montevideo, Uruguay.

- Legado. Ballet de Camara de Montevideo, Direction: Hebe Rosa. Montevideo, Uruguay.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2021

- Arts Abroad international residency program from the Canada Council for the Arts (CAC) for Habitat at La Briqueterie

2020

- Research and creation grant for Cuña from CAC

- Creation grant for Habitat at La Briqueterie Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM)

- Digital Originals grant from CAC

- Research and creation grant for Habitat at La Briqueterie from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)

- Travel grant for professional development from Les offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ)

2019

- Fellow of the Ontario - Québec Program by La Danse sur les Routes de Québec.

- Production grant for Habitat at Tangente from CAM

- Production grant for Habitat at Tangente from CAC

- Travel grant for professional development from LOJIQ

2018

- Create and Explore grant for Cuña from Canada CAC

2017

- Research and creation residency at Circuit-Est, Montreal, Canada

- Professional development grant for a Madrid-Vienna dual residency from CAC

- Travel grant for a Madrid-Vienna dual residency from LOJIQ

2016

- Research and creation grant from Vivacité Montréal

- Travel grant from Concordia University

- Special Project Grant (SPG) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University

2015

- Special Project Grant (SPG) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University

2009

- Bursary of Excellence given by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

- Bursary for apprenticeship from MASA with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II

2008

- Bursary for participation in Dance Journey program from MASA

2006

- Best Choreography, Best Show and Best Dancer, in Danza Joven Festival, given by the Ministry of Sport and Culture of Uruguay

 

EDUCATION

LANGUAGES

- Spanish, English and French

- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2017.

- DCS in Contemporary Dance Performance from l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM), Montreal, Canada, 2013.

- Dance Journey Program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Galilee Israel, 2008-2009.

- Primera Escuela de Danza Moderna del Uruguay, 2006.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2021

- Continuum workshop with Linda Rabin, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada.

- Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy with Dana Dugan, Cathy Casey, Sarah Fatma Elkashef, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada.

2020

- Contortion workshop with Andreanne Leclerc, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada.

- Ongoing, complete music production with Andrew Huang.

- Ongoing professional development mentorship by Suzanne Beaucaire.

- Ongoing professional development by La Danse Sur le Routes de Québec, Canada.

2019

- "Les ateliers déplacés" summer intensive with les Ballets C de la B, Farah Saleh and Hildegard de Vuyst, Ramallah, Palestine.

- Festival TransAmériques (FTA) International encounters, Montreal, Canada.

- Immersive technology workshop with Van Grimde Corps Secrets Company, Montreal, Canada. 

- Professional development mentorship by Suzanne Beaucaire.

2018

- Mad Mapping workshop with Nelly-Eve Rajotte. Studio XX, Montreal, Canada.

- Professional development mentorship by Suzanne Beaucaire.

2017

- Video dance workshop with Mandoline Hybride: Priscila Guy and Camille Aubin-Bourtin, Montreal, Canada. 

- Dramatugy workshop with Guy Cools. Circuit-Est, Montreal, Canada.

- ImPulsTanz, Atlas Program: Marta Coronado, German Jauregui, Damien Jalet, Doris Uhlich, Philippe Rièra, Francesca Harper, Vienna, Austria. 

- Transformation Danse: Éric Beauchesne, Benoit Lachambre, Shamel Pits, Montreal, Canada.

2016

- “Coup de Pouce” with Suzanne Beaucaire, to develop the Petrikor Danse website.

2015

- Continuum, Linda Rabin, Montreal, Canada. 

2014

- Fingers and Toes, Lucy May, Montreal, Canadaé

- “Nous sommes l’été”, under choreographic direction of Marianne Gignac Girard, Montreal, Canada. 

- Guest participant at Open Source Forms II, Susanna Hood, Montreal, Canada.

- “Comment gérer son Projet Artistique“, PPS Danse in partnership with RQD, Montreal, Canada.

2013

- Guest participant at the Summer workshop of Dave Saint Pierre Dance Company, Montreal, Canada.

- Guest participant at Open Source Forms, Susanna Hood, Montreal, Canada.

- “Élaborer un budget de Création ou de Production“, RQD, Montreal, Canada. 

DANCE VIDEOS

2020

- Skin. Artistic direction, choreography, interpretation, camera and edition: Bettina Szabo. Music: Kayla Shears.

2019

- Ghost of Your Embrace. Choreography and interpretation: Bettina Szabo. Artistic direction: Aylag Malkhassian. Music: Kayla Shears. Camera: Allison Figueroa Rojas. Makeup artist: Raquel Paredes.

2018

- Compound Eyes. Choreography, interpretation, and direction: Bettina Szabo. Presented at Circuit-Est, Montreal, Canada.

2013

- Ta Cadence (music video for Navert). Choreography and interpretation: Bettina Szabo, in collaboration with Philippe Poirier. Released in September 2013; TV release in October 2013.

2010

- The First 40 Days. Direction: Slava Mendanova. Photography director: Iljo Kotorencev. Cast: Bettina Szabo.

Presented at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Vidéo Femmes, Montreal, Canada, 2011.

Presented at Shorts nonstop, Toronto, 2012. Montreal Underground Film Festival, Canada, 2012​

2009

- Nightfall. Direction: Mina Vladimir. Production: Three Dummies. Cast: Bettina Szabo.

Prix FRINGE 500 organized by YoungCuts Film Festival and the Festival St-Ambroise Fringe of Montreal 2009.

Official selection of YoungCuts Film Festival 2009.

Official selection of NSI Online Short Film Festival 2009.

Official selection of CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival 2009.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1500928/

2008

- CITY BIRDS. Direction: Mina Vladimir. Production: Three Dummies.

Official selection of YoungCuts Film Festival 2009.

Official selection of Festival Internacional de Videodanza del Uruguay 2009.

http://3dummies.blip.tv/file/1982702/

 
 

VOLUNTEER WORK

2019-2021
 - Consultation assessment on diversity and representation. Foundation Jean Pierre Perrault. Montreal, Canada. 
 - Elected member of the Board of Directors of the RQD, Montreal, Canada.
2019
 - Panelist of radio show “Danscussions & Co”, Montreal, Canada. 
2018-2019
 - Member of the Inclusion Committee of the RQD; mandate to analyze and tackle systemic racism in the dance community in Quebec, Canada. 

©2019 BY PETRIKOR DANSE. PROUDLY CREATED WITH WIX.COM