Katrina Chamoux and Aude Rioland in Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde!

Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre has acquired a degree of notoriety: not only for the physical extremes to which he has pushed his choreographic language, but also for his mission to express the highs and lows of human experience. ‘Un Peu De Tendresse Bordel De Merde!’ (‘A Little Tenderness for Crying Out Loud!’) is the second in a trilogy exploring utopia and dystopia and it’s a work that deals primarily, with love.

Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde!

All manifestations of that emotion are embraced by St Pierre: spiritual, physical, and forms normally thought of as taboo. To convey the intimacy and the urgency of his subject, St Pierre has his cast of 20 dancers performing naked, without so much as a jock strap to hide behind. With a narrator providing a verbal commentary, the work promises a journey through ecstasy, comedy, tragedy and trauma.

Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde!

The dancers have to perform naked for much of the time; in fact, even more exposingly, they have to bring their nakedness right down into the auditorium, clambering over the stalls and fighting in the aisles – with their breasts, genitals and buttocks in wobblingly close proximity to the audience. Inevitably, much of that journey contains “adult” content, so the show is recommended for audiences 18 and over.

Cheeky final scene from Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde!

‘Un Peu De Tendresse Bordel De Merde!’ (‘A Little Tenderness for Crying Out Loud!’) is at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London from Thursday 1st June – Saturday 4th June 2011. Tickets from £10. www.sadlerswells.com

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