Sensitive to the rare and precious states of metamorphosis offered by both art and experience, the artist and choreographer Aurélie Pedron creates perpetually renewed encounters that play with duration and create a deep intimacy between location, performer and audience. Unsettling our expectations, the maker reaches out to us to leave a sometimes subtle, yet durable trace.
Founded in 2013, her company Lilith & Cie is devoted to the research, creation and dissemination of works intersecting performance, choreography and installation. The company’s productions waive performing arts codes and invite us to consider reality otherwise. In parallel, through Pedron’s social and inclusive values, Lilith & Cie leads creative projects with youths either marginalized or self-identifying as marginalized.
At the beginning of her career, Aurélie Pedron produced 11 art videos that have been screened in 17 countries. She then undertook a master’s in dance creation at UQAM before investing space and the live body with a few solos and stage pieces: CHAIR (2011) and CORPS CAVERNEUX (2013, presented by Danse-Cité).
In 2013, Aurélie Pedron’s artistic quest was honed with the founding of Lilith & Cie. She invents the very sites for her installation performances, where artists channel perceptions and reveal images unthought of. ENTRE (2014, presented by Tangente), a nano-performance offered to one spectator at a time, became a signature piece for the company, earning the discovery award from the Prix de la danse de Montréal, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente. In 2016, Danse-Cité presented LA LOBA, a choreographic circuit of 12 live installations in the former Institut des Sourdes-muettes in Montréal.
Alongside these works, the choreographer collaborates with marginalized youths. With them and through the support of the artist-run multidisciplinary centre DARE DARE, she created the micro-performances RÛE and MARGE (2014-2015). INDEEP, presented in 2016 and 2017, is a moving 10-hour performance for 10 blindfolded youth.
Lilith & Cie is supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Arts Council.
Lilith in History
According to legend, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Banned from the Garden of Eden for standing up to him, and then excluded from History, Lilith has been demonized and associated to darkness.
Her name’s diverse etymologies (Hebrew and Sumerian) relate to night and wind. Under the auspices of this rebellious woman of the shadows, a nighthawk or immaterial goddess of wind, Lilith & Cie invites us to reclaim embodiment, perceive the untellable, and move beyond sensory understanding.