Upon watching some YouTube videos of live music performances from the 80’s (everybody does this right?) I came across a dancer evocative of these rock stars such as David Bowie. She had wild blond locks and an androgynous muscular figure. She also danced with wild abandon, bordering on the edge of mad woman. It was Louise Lecavalier, and by the late-80’s, she had made a name for herself as a truly unique performer.
Lecavalier studied ballet and modern dance through secondary school in Montreal and after a stay at Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire’s professional school, she was invited to be a part of the company. She was 18. It was at Le Groupe Nouvelle Aire where she met choreographer Édouard Lock. Although Lecavalier was leaving to dance in New York, Lock had asked Lecavalier to join his company, La La La Human Steps.
Lecavalier was the perfect complement to Lock’s frenzied and vigorous choreography. After dancing for the company for 18 years, she left to collaborate on projects with other artists, notably Tedd Robinson. My favorite work from La La La Human Steps is Human Sex (1985). Here’s a version of Human Sex set to film.