Galas de l'ADISQ 2022 | Ma première nomination

Jean-Michel Blais
passepied - taken from Jean-Michel Blais' new album 'aubades', listen now - out on Mercury KX / Arts & Crafts

A teenager’s obsession with Baroque dance. With punchy colour and rawness, the film dives into the young man’s imaginative inner world, and follows his journey of self-discovery and self-expression through his fanatical love for the passepied, a historic French court dance. It shifts feverishly between his modern-day urban realities and his decadent Baroque fantasies – eventually spinning into one delirious, heady dance of escapism.

In docufiction style, director Adrian Villagomez sets Jean-Michel’s passepied to a film of vulnerable beauty and striking visuals, poignantly depicting reality and dream states through the pairing of 16mm (real-life documentary) and digital (dream) film.

The title of Jean-Michel’s piece passepied references the lively, fast-paced dance popular in the 17th and 18th century French court. Composer Claude Debussy composed his own version of the dance in his Suite bergamasque for piano. Inspired by Debussy, Jean-Michel writes a new passepied for the 21st century, which features on his new album aubades.

aubades is his first journey into writing for chamber orchestra. The release is a vibrant and expressive album of warm tonalities and rich instrumentation, taking its title from Medieval love songs about lovers parting at dawn.
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Video Credits:

Director – Adrian Villagomez
DOP – Juliette Lossky
Assistant director – Charlotte Danais
1st AC – Olivier Aubé
Steadicam operator – Kes Tagney
Chief Gaffer – Pierre-Luc Jobin
Chier Grip – Brice Bodson
Grip – Ludovic Pilon
Swing – Tom Berthelot
Best-Boy – David Booth
Choreographer – Lauri-Ann Lauzon
Stylist – Marianne Blais
Stylist – Cloé Fortier
Styling Assistant -Sophie Vincelette
HMU – Arianne Tremblay
HMU – MaryJane Khalif
HMU assistant – Amanda Doucet
Production : Consulat
Producer – Elyse Belmont-Stroh
Production coordinator – Samuel Petitclerc
Production assistant – Nicholas Gonos
Production assistant – Tiffany St-Surin
Site conservation technicians – Samuel Villagomez
Site conservation technicians – Timour
Site conservation technicians – Marie Pontais
Site conservation technicians – Mathilde Thomas
Offline editor – Vinoth Varatharajan
Online editor – Adrian Villagomez
Color grading – Simon Boissoneaux

Protagonist – Sacha Barbants
Antagonist – Vladimir Belova-Mourkes
Artist – Jean-Michel Blais
Danser – Jordan Faye
Danser – Brittney Gering
Danser – Misheel Ganbold
Danser – Nicholas Bellefleur
Figuration – Amanda Doucet
Figuration – Charlie Kunce
Figuration – Devon Bates
Figuration – Emma Cocchrane
Figuration – Gabriel Cordova
Figuration – Laurent Bélanger
Figuration – Malaika Raymond
Figuration – Ludovic Balmir
Figuration – Marilou Richer
Figuration – Paolo Marmin
Figuration – Dominic Harrisson Danis
Figuration – Arnaud Barbants
Figuration – Larissa

Mtl Grande – camera equipment
Cineground – Camera equipment
Cinepool – Cinema equipment
Multi service luna – protection equipment
MainFilm - 16 mm camera
MELS – 16 mm dev + scan

La Belle Tonki and the Keenan Residence
L'École Supérieure de ballet du Québec

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

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