“Revolution”: Assuming one’s identity

“Revolution”: assuming its identity

BETTING À DAY

Sunny Boisvert made a striking return to “Rvolution” during the last audition show on Sunday. After competing as a duo with his friend Tommy in the first season, he returns solo with the firm intention of winning the final prize of $100,000. 

Sunny was born in the middle of urban dance. His father, Davy Boisvert, was one of the first hip-hop dancers in Quebec and he then worked on numerous television shows (“La Fureur”, “Mixmania”, “Gala des Gémeaux”, “Bye Bye”), in as a dancer or choreographer.

“I've been in this environment since I was a baby,” Sunny explained. My father often took me to film sets. He never forced me to dance, but I got hooked. That's all I know and the best I know how to do.”

Since his first participation, he has worked a lot whether on television or on stage. 

“I am really lucky to be able to make a living from dancing. The pandemic has been difficult, like for everyone, but I'm still here. I was lucky enough to be able to do several musicals (“Mary Poppins”, “Footloose”…), and I also worked with Les 7 Doigts, with whom I went to do a show in Dubai, in January last. All these experiences are going to be reflected in my performances at “Revolution”.

Creative maturity

If he decided to come back solo, it is partly because he knows he has changed a lot in the last four years. “I am now 25 years old. I have aged and matured. I think I got to know myself better, I know more about who I am and what I want. At the artistic level, I think there is also a big difference between my first participation and today.”

Dancing solo is also a way for him to get out of his comfort zone and push his creativity further. He also appreciated the comments of the masters, who noticed his evolution.

“I liked what they told me after my performance. That's what I wanted to hear, they saw that I was somewhere else as an artist. Now I don't want to disappoint them and it's my duty to continue to surpass myself.”

Still, like many participants, finding original and impactful revolutionary moments is not necessarily easy. “I think you have to go smart, while being strategic. Sometimes you just have to let go of the emotion through the image you put in the revolution. But I admit that this is perhaps the most difficult aspect of returning to solo, finding images that live up to expectations.”

Jonathan and Tatiana, 22 and 35 years old, Montreal

As a child, when Jonathan watched Tatiana dance with his former partner, he had no idea that he would one day have the chance to be able to evolve with her too. 

“After seeing them dance, I told my mother that I wanted to do like them, explained Jonathan. I started taking lessons with them, and two years ago, we lost our respective partners. During the pandemic, we decided to practice together to stay in shape. In the end, we liked dancing together so much that, when they announced the first post-pandemic competition, we thought we were going to do it together.” 

They also won the last two editions of the Canadian championships. Jonathan recognizes that Tatiana has supported him very well in this transition. 

“She supported me well by making me understand that we were now partners and that we are equal parts. She made me feel valued in our duo, while sharing her immense experience with me.”

Caramel fleur de sel, 30 and 32 years, Montreal

The name of this duo does not go unnoticed. 

“It comes first from my last name, which is Flores, says José. A friend often called me fleur de sel and, when we were looking for a catchy name for our duo, Gabrielle had the idea of ​​calling us Caramel fleur de sel. It suits us well.”

The two participated in the first edition of the show with their group, Corpus Collective, of which they are also the choreographers. As a duo, they chose to work on dualities. 

“We are two people who complement each other well, detailed Gabrielle. We wanted to play with the dualities that we all have inside ourselves, showing how two different elements can coexist at the same time. 

The masters were impressed. The idea of ​​the duo is to offer something different on the show, while inspiring others. “We are immersed as much in the world of contemporary companies as in commercial dance. We like to mix these two worlds. We also want to show how we approach the movement, and the humanity behind the movement.”

Vincent Lachance (Intrikid), 31, Montreal

Going to his audition, Vincent Lachance did not expect at all to find himself on waivers. “I hadn't prepared anything else, I had no plan. I was going to the audition with the idea of ​​getting three votes.” 

This urgency seems to have whipped up his creativity, however, to impress on his second appearance. 

“I wanted to take into account the comments of the masters to satisfy them. I had only two days to prepare this issue. So I allowed myself a lot more improvisation. There were moves I wanted to make at certain times in the music, but I felt more free.”

His participation in the show is mainly related to his ecological commitment. 

“Climate issues are of great concern to me, and even more so. I realized that “Revolution” allowed me to combine my two concerns by bringing a committed and important message for me, but for everyone too.”

This week's successful applicants:

The Renegades, 18 to 24, Toronto (hip-hop)

Jonathan and Tatiana, 22 and 35, Montreal (ballroom)

< p>Caramel fleur de sel (José and Gabrielle), 30 and 32 years old, Montreal (contemporary)

Sunny Boisvert, 25, Saint-Lin-Laurentides (hip-hop)

Candidates saved on waivers:

Éklectik, 16 to 22, Quebec City (merger)

Vincent Lachance (Intrikid), 31, Montreal (breakdance)