VIFF 2017: Louise Lecavalier in Motion tries to bottle dancer's boundless energy


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      Raymond St-Jean’s documentary opens with familiar scenes of the platinum-haired Montreal dance powerhouse: dreadlocks swinging, Louise Lecavalier barrel rolls and hurls herself into David Bowie’s arms at the height of her La La La Human Steps fame.

      The film also talks to the now cropped-haired, 58-year-old force of nature about her childhood, when she never considered dance an option due to her muscular frame. But mostly, it’s a portrait of Lecavalier now, the way she creates in the studio, how she dances, and where she performs around the world. For fans who’ve seen her here in recent years, it’s dance heaven. What comes across most—in person and in extended dance sequences—is her boundless, unstoppable energy, a vivaciousness and endless curiosity that propel her ever forward and defy all concepts of age. If only we could bottle that…