IN(SIDE)TIME: MADE IN CANADA/FAIT AU CANADAchoreographed by Louis Laberge-Cté and Daniel Bélanger. Presented by princess productions and DanceWorks CoWorks at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester). Thursday-Saturday (September 28-30), 8 pm. $16-$20. 416-366-7723. Rating: NNNNN
Louis Laberge-Cote's dance card is so full, he estimates the next time he'll get to relax and put up his feet is March 2007. "No late nights and no unhealthy food till then," he laughs.
He's just completed a three-night run of SLIP, a multidisciplinary piece set in and around the Harrison Baths. This weekend he debuts two solos for fellow Toronto Dance Theatre performers Sean Ling and Johanna Bergfeldt. He's currently rehearsing Sasha Ivanochko's new full-length piece, which goes up in mid-October. And in a little while he gears up for TDT's latest, which opens a few days after that.
"Every year I get busier and busier, so I'm used to it," he says in his Quebecois-accented English. "Those years of preparation have paid off."
Onstage, Laberge-Côté is hard to miss, his compact, muscular body with its gymnast's balance effortlessly executing his colleagues' complicated choreography. He's a natural clown, as he proved in Futari En Trois Couleurs, a deadpan duet about culture clash he created and performed with Keiko Ninomiya a couple of years ago at fFIDA.
The two solos this weekend are weightier fare. Soon..., choreographed for Ling, deals with the various stages of mourning. Scharachnia (the word is a play on schizophrenia and arachnia), for colleague Bergfeldt, explores a predator-prey relationship. The latter piece was inspired by a visualization game he played to get to Bergfeldt's subconscious.
"I've been in therapy for years, and I always find it fascinating," he says.
In addition to dream therapy, he drew on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's theories about grief and Yann Martel's novel Life Of Pi.
"People associate me with funny work," he says, "but my true nature is serious and dramatic."
Until March 2007, that is.