Abyssal explores an ambivalent and complex femininity, entangled in archaic forms yet yearning for emancipation. From an obsession with purity to groping blindly in an unfamiliar freedom, Abyssal probes the depth of intimacy, embodying a journey of self-discovery that is a once distressing and transcendent; it reveals a stripped-down body, seeking only to exist.

  • Xavier Curnillon
  • Morgane LE TIEC
  • Festival Quartiers Danses
  • Morgane Le Tiec
  • Xavier Curnillon
  • Morgane LE TIEC
    Key Cast
    Dancer and choreographer
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
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    ProRes 4K
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  • Festival International du film sur l'art
    March 16, 2023
    Official selection of FIFA
Director Biography - Xavier Curnillon, Morgane LE TIEC

Xavier Curnillon studied at the Conservatory of Cinema and began his career making a documentary on indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest (Ecuador). He then coordinated higher studies at L’Ina (National Audiovisual Institute) and then went on to teach for three years in Nunavik. Back in Montreal, it was his meeting with choreographer Paul-André Fortier that brought the director to work in the world of dance.
Director specializing in the capture of movement. His first film Perception is selected by FIFA, RVCQ, FTA. He then produced Scannography for the 35 screens of Place-des-Arts, then the film Migrant Bodies, best short film at the Master Film Festival. In his work, the ethnic and organic dimensions of movements are amplified and mutually contaminate. After receiving an Optique Danse laureate from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, he directed a new short film with Louise Bédard, À tes pulsions which mixes dance with fiction and will be selected for the FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma).
Subsequently as a director, he joined Mélanie Demers’s Danse Mutante project and filmed dance in New York with artist Ann Liv Young, then in Bamako with Kettly Noël and finally in Rotterdam with Ann Van den Broek. He consolidates his expertise in dance on various projects with, Catherine Gaudet, Sylvain Émard, Virginie Brunelle, Karine Ledoyen, Paco Ziel, Valeria Galuccio.
In 2020, he shoots the film Souche with Morgane Le Tiec (Festival Quartiers Danses), the film Mama with Mélanie Demers (Festival Take Me Some Where Glasgow 2021, CNE), and a feature film 7 Perspectives with Danièle Desnoyers (FIFA 2021). This year will also be marked by his first collaboration with choreographer Hélène Blackburn with whom he shoots Objet 1 and Objet 2, two videos inspired by the choreographer's works. In 2021, he completed the digital dance project with Agora de la danse and choreographer Ismaël Mouaraki and a digital dance project 6 short films Macros with choreographer Emmanuel Jouthe.

Morgane Le Tiec is a French artist-performer and choreographer renowned for her depth of interpretation, her physical power and her bodily precision. She has danced on stages around the world working for internationally renowned companies such as La la la human steps, the Ballets Jazz de Montréal, the Marie Chouinard company or the Cirque du Soleil. These experiences brought her a considerable background which led her to accept the artistic and co-general direction of the Sursaut dance company, which she has been directing since January 2022.
Alongside her career as a performer, Morgane choreographs several choreographic works. She has also created several dance films, the latest of which, Abyssal, co-produced by the Festival Quartiers Danses, is presented at the International Festival of Films on Art in 2023.
Insatiable and always seeking to renew herself, Morgane created a podcast on dance entitled L'envers des corps which allows artists in the dance world to express themselves on the job.

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Director Statement

Morgane Le Tiec's choreographic work intrigues with its humanist side imbued with spirituality.
Already very young Morgane wondered about the meaning of life, the state of the world and the actions of Man in society. And particularly wondered about the place and role of women in this world.
Over the years, these questions have remained intact and permeate his research.
His choreographic work based on expressionist and theatrical dance oscillates between a very physical and visceral dance and a very meticulous and precise approach to movement, combined with a deep work of interpretation.
Optimistic and luminous by nature, Morgane likes to bring a touch of humor and hope to her works, convinced that art can be a resource and an inspiration for everyone.
Morgane's singularity is found in the use of accessories and sets, through which she explores the transformations and extensions of the body.
Over the course of these transformations which can go through an animal, robotic, statuesque, bruised or clownish body, she finally seeks what is specific to humans and characterizes them. She voluntarily uses several archetypes in her gestures as well as through accessories, in often dissonant contexts, which make the desired symbolism ambiguous.