Paul-André Fortier (Solo 30x30)
This is quite an interesting performance. Paul-André Fortier is the lone dancer in the heart of the city, performing his piece on 30 consecutive days for 30 minutes each day.
Fortier has been performing this piece around the world, and he has brought it to Vancouver, as a part of the 2009 Dancing on the Edge Festival.
It's really difficult to gauge this one, as Fortier dances in silence, save for the underlying noise of the city, in a square marked off with black tape. While he dances in this space, people are free to wander in and out...and many do, as they are unaware that a performance is happening. Some people passing by think he's just a madman and start flailing their arms and legs to mimic him. Others point & laugh, while some are just transfixed.
At times, this seems so disconnected and I'm still not sure what to make of it. I just need to go back and watch again.
All I can say is that if you have an opportunity to ever see him, Fortier is most definitely a man dedicated to his profession. It takes an immense amount of courage and commitment to perform in an open space for an audience that can change by the minute.
Truly an experience to enjoy.