Clara Furey began her artistic practice in singing and music composition before entering the world of dance, studying throughout her childhood at the Paris Conservatory and later at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.
Early in her dance career, Clara Furey worked with a number of different choreographers, including George Stamos, Damien Jalet and Benoît Lachambre, who had a significant influence on her artistic vision.
Since 2011, she turns towards choreography and develops work that is centered on a Hyper-awareness of sensory perception. She’s interested in the physical and gestural search of an extreme precision, in the micro-details that form ones individuality and in the macro that unites us all. She is interested in the constant transformation of energy and in leaving space for a communicative void and the creative minds of the spectators. She works on bringing choreographic performance to a proximity both sensitive and perceptible.
Many different collaborations brought her to think of an approach that attempts to expand the boundaries of dance; using museum spaces and crossing the disciplines of visual and fine arts and choreography. Clara Furey is interested in the dialogue between the different mediums that make an living art work, inviting them to interact in a horizontal hierarchy.
In 2017 Clara Furey moved toward artistic direction and group choreography with Cosmic Love. In this piece she works with her performers to create intuitive, poetic representations of physical phenomena against a stark stage where all forms of communication are made possible. That same year she was also invited to create a cycle of 90 solo performances for the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal entitled When Even The as part of the exhibit in homage to Leonard Cohen, A Crack in Everything. In this first solo work, Furey engages in an existential reflection on memory, the passage of time and death—all major themes in Cohen’s work. The European premiere took place at the MUMOK as part of the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.
Her works toured in numerous festivals including the Biennale of Venise, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques in Paris, the FTA in Montreal, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Performance Mix in New-York City and in different countries such as Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium.
In addition to choreographic and performance work, Clara Furey shares her artistic processes through creative workshops and labs, inviting participants to come together and reflect on the mediums of choreographic and performance art.
Her latest creation, Rather a Ditch, a solo performed by Céline Bonnier, was presented in spring 2019 at Festival TransAmériques.
Clara Furey joined Par B.L.eux as an associate artist.
Photo: Mathieu Verreault