Parcours Danse / 2017 Edition

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    The language of diversity - Former: Michael Toppings, general and artistic director of MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
    Reserved for presenters

    RESERVED FOR QUÉBEC PRESENTERS

    The language of diversity aims to demystify the notion of cultural diversity and to place participants in the extreme abundance of definitions of what diversity means in the twenty-first century. The aim of this course is to develop long-term strategies on how to diversify their audiences through the diversification of their programming and develop appropriate public awareness activities and outreach.

    Conseil des arts de Montréal - salle du Conseil
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Pre-opening cocktail

    En présence de Madame Suzanne Laverdière, directrice du service de la culture de la Ville de Montréal.

    Maison de la culture Frontenac
  • 7:00 pm – 8:05 pm
    Estelle Clareton/Olivier Kemeid

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Sous la nuit solitaire

    Hell is defined by our shortcomings, our failures, our falls. Sous la nuit solitaire navigates across the agitated waves of existence. In these depths, beyond hierarchies, but united, there is movement through the darkness, the obscurity. For despite the omnipresence of violence, the flame of hope is not snuffed out in the night. Seven performers take on this slow march, inspired by the fantastic engravings that Gustave Doré made in the 19th century to illustrate the underworld imagined by Dante (14th century), author of The Divine Comedy. Actors and dancers become the speakers of a singular stage language in which the harmony of the word fuses with the poetry of the body.

    Théâtre de Quat'Sous
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Virginie Brunelle

    Agora de la danse conference

    Presentation – À la douleur que j’ai

    A desire for beauty? A desire for pain? Virginie Brunelle “raises her glass” to this raw emotion. Speaking a bitter poetry, the choreographer questions what is unfinished—on what is left between two people—and offers a sustained action that’s frozen in time like a memory: pain. A temporary (or timeless) mark, bond or landmark, pain touches groups, families and the self. And in a contemporary society fuelled by such a dangerous substance, Virginie Brunelle proves that pain can also be an emotional bridge, a meeting place for the six performers and the audience, an experience that will not leave you untouched.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE ROUGE
  • 7:30 pm – 8:35 pm
    PPS Danse - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Excerpts – Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré

    2016 marked the 100th anniversary of Léo Ferré’s birth. Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré pays homage to this important 20th-century artist, embodying the interaction between his musical repertoire and contemporary dance, and bringing together singers Bia, Alexandre Désilets and Catherine Major, with a pianist and six dancers on stage. This interdisciplinary performance features choreography by Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt, Emmanuel Jouthe, Hélène Blackburn and Pierre-Paul Savoie. A co-production of PPS Danse and Coup de cœur francophone.

    Maison de la culture Frontenac
  • 8:00 pm – 8:35 pm
    Grand Poney - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Excerpt – Aller simple/Running piece

    L'Arsenal
  • 8:30 pm – 9:35 pm
    Daïna Ashbee

    Agora de la danse conference

    Presentation – Pour

    Pour is a work that explores the vulnerability and strength of women, uncovering the layers of pain they absorb in their bodies as a result of societies that do not support them. Like in her previous works, Ashbee has created a dark and disturbing world that challenges the audience. Choreographically, Ashbee seeks to transform energy through performance, to liberate her desires to occupy space with her body and even play within and against the frameworks she feels warped her self-image as an adolescent. She used her own menstrual cycle as the core of her research throughout the development of the work.

    Her synthetic set design mimics natural landscape. Her use of repetition evokes transformation, which hints at many possibilities for a resolution, while maintaining an intense vulnerability between the performer and the audience. Paige Culley's courageous performance traverses states of liberation, control, pain and beauty in a live and intimate setting.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE BLEU
  • 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    Parts+Labour Danse

    OFF selection

    Presentation – La vie attend

    Five men face you. Team members, brothers, adversaries, conquerors, mourners… This is masculinity is all its visceral and vulnerable contradictions, its pride and its shame, its hopes and its fears, all being played out on stage.

    This theatrical piece, based on an intuitive and intellectual source, seduces at first glance. La vie attend subtly manipulates deep and primitive tendencies that we often ignore. The creative team of Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth have created an intoxicating work performed by five dancers who will, without question, win over your heart. Open yourself to the possibility!

    Circuit-Est - Studio C
  • 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
    Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Les châteaux de sable

    In a tense and unstable, but also gentle and sensual, universe, Les châteaux de sable traces a story of discovery and bisexuality. Like the uncertain quest for identity, this choreographic research borrows from traditional jigs, classical ballet and contemporary dance.

    Across the arc of this story, the vulnerabilities of each performer are revealed, reflecting on femininity and identity, in which notions of gender and our relationship with the other are drawn and transformed, creating an ephemeral sand castle.

    Studio 303
  • 9:35 pm – 12:00 am
    Jouer dehors - The party with Philippe Meunier et Ian Yaworski, Dans son salon, Geneviève Lauzon, Lucy M. May and les Soeurs Schmutt

    OFF-Parcours Danse Selection

    Presentation – Jouer Dehors, le Party

    Interested in dance created for unusual locations? A group of choreographers from the roster of Jouer Dehors 2018 invite you to excerpts of their creations in a relaxed party atmosphere. On the first night of Parcours Danse, join us for a celebratory evening, where dance lovers and presenters can discover snap-shots of five different choreographic universes. The excerpts will be paced to offer you a chance to meet the artists and to unwind with colleagues at the end of a long day. Not to be missed!

    Le Wilder - Café-Bar

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Registration and coffee
    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 9:30 am – 10:15 am
    Opening remarks

    With :
    Mrs Anne-Marie Jean, présidente directrice générale du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quénec, Mrs Nathalie Maillé, directrice générale du Conseil des arts de Montréal, Mrs Pia Kraemer, présidente de l'European Dancehouse Network, Mrs Fabienne Cabado, directrice du Regroupement québécois de la danse, Mrs Francine Bernier, directrice artistique de l'Agora de la danse, Mrs Kathy Casey, présidente de La danse sur les routes du Québec and Mrs Paule Beaudry, directrice générale de La danse sur les routes du Québec.
    Master of Ceremony : Jocelyn Lebeau

    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Le café des savoirs

    Created to simplify the sharing of ideas and knowledge, this activity organizes participants into simultaneous micro-discussions about dance digital issues that are facilitated by leaders of our community.
    Inspired by the café ambiance, these discussions are an opportunity to meet new people and to kick off Parcours Danse in the spirit of collaboration and exchange.

    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lunch
    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 1:00 pm – 2:05 pm
    Mélanie Demers

    Agora de la danse conference

    Presentation – Animal Triste

    In the centre of the ring, under the spotlights, four individuals come face-to-face, confront one another, sometimes animal, sometimes human. Animal Triste is a work about the human condition, about the role that humans have created for themselves despite being “just another animal.” To look away from this truth, humans build a family, a civilization; they conquer, dominate or fall into oppression. They aspire to being something more, something better. Mélanie Demers tries to express the nature and affectations of humans, in all our humanity.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE ORANGE
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Katia-Marie Germain - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Habiter

    Created during residencies in France (La Briqueterie) and Montreal, Habiter is a choreographic work that plays with the codes of visual arts and dance. Lit by a single source of light, this installation is reminiscent of a breakfast scene. In this chiaroscuro aesthetic, a series of gestures, both familiar and strange, are revealed, set to the rhythm of the pulsing light. Playing with illusion and the perception of time, the body’s visible and invisible movements subtly modify the visual space, like a tableau that’s coming to life.

    MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Je suis Julio - Dorian Nuskind-Oder - OFFICIAL SELECTION (french)

    Presentation – Memory Palace (french)

    Rigorous, playful and energetic, Memory Palace explores the links between the body’s memory, music and dance. The work refers to a range of genres, including folk dance, social dance, modern dance and line dancing, in order to build an experience that asks performers and spectators to dig up their own memories of dancing.

    Circuit-Est - Studio Jeanne-Renaud
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Aurélie Pedron - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – LA LOBA

    Immersed in an unusual environment, the audience will be set adrift into a hypnotic and meditative experience. They will discover different tableaux that echo and complement one another, to create a work from another dimension… theirs! LA LOBA is an ambulatory and immersive experience that takes you through 12 installations, lasting up to 3 hours. LA LOBA can also be experienced in a shorter version, with select tableaux chosen according to the environment, but always respecting the sensibility of the whole work.

    Ateliers Jean-Brillant
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Katia-Marie Germain - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Habiter

    Created during residencies in France (La Briqueterie) and Montreal, Habiter is a choreographic work that plays with the codes of visual arts and dance. Lit by a single source of light, this installation is reminiscent of a breakfast scene. In this chiaroscuro aesthetic, a series of gestures, both familiar and strange, are revealed, set to the rhythm of the pulsing light. Playing with illusion and the perception of time, the body’s visible and invisible movements subtly modify the visual space, like a tableau that’s coming to life.

    MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Je suis Julio - Dorian Nuskind-Oder - OFFICIAL SELECTION (english)

    Presentation – Memory Palace (english)

    Rigorous, playful and energetic, Memory Palace explores the links between the body’s memory, music and dance. The work refers to a range of genres, including folk dance, social dance, modern dance and line dancing, in order to build an experience that asks performers and spectators to dig up their own memories of dancing.

    Circuit-Est - Studio Jeanne-Renaud
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Aurélie Pedron - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – LA LOBA

    Immersed in an unusual environment, the audience will be set adrift into a hypnotic and meditative experience. They will discover different tableaux that echo and complement one another, to create a work from another dimension… theirs! LA LOBA is an ambulatory and immersive experience that takes you through 12 installations, lasting up to 3 hours. LA LOBA can also be experienced in a shorter version, with select tableaux chosen according to the environment, but always respecting the sensibility of the whole work.

    Ateliers Jean-Brillant
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Alan Lake Factori(e) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Excerpts – Le cri des méduses

    Conservatoire - Théâtre Rouge
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Cocktail
    L'Atrium du Conservatoire
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    PPS Danse

    OFF selection

    Presentation – BAGNE

    More than 20 years after it was first created, Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall, co-creators and co-performers, will attempt to revisit one of their greatest successes, BAGNE. Confined in an enormous metal structure, two men embrace under your captive eyes. This piece, at the crossroads of theatre and dance, features the brute force of performers who dialogue with universal tenderness. Imprisoned bodies come together and are torn apart with raw, but sensitive movements that sing a hymn to liberty and a strong, masterful love.

    Maison des arts de Laval
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Estelle Clareton/Olivier Kemeid
    Reserved for presenters

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Sous la nuit solitaire

    Hell is defined by our shortcomings, our failures, our falls. Sous la nuit solitaire navigates across the agitated waves of existence. In these depths, beyond hierarchies, but united, there is movement through the darkness, the obscurity. For despite the omnipresence of violence, the flame of hope is not snuffed out in the night. Seven performers take on this slow march, inspired by the fantastic engravings that Gustave Doré made in the 19th century to illustrate the underworld imagined by Dante (14th century), author of The Divine Comedy. Actors and dancers become the speakers of a singular stage language in which the harmony of the word fuses with the poetry of the body.

    Théâtre de Quat'Sous
  • 8:00 pm – 9:35 pm
    Frédérick Gravel

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Some hope for the Bastard

    A melancholic party, a dark celebration. A poetic hymn dedicated to the feeling of helplessness and apathy. When you don’t know where to go, you just wait. We are all waiting for something, but this has a cost, the waiting is eating up our interiors. Conditioned as we are, no room as ever been left for any patience.

    Once more accompanied by his frenzied “GAnG” of actors, dancers and musicians, Frédérick Gravel presents a choreographic concert filled with a frankly corrosive energy.

    Usine C
  • 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Sébastien Provencher, Helen Simard et Philippe Dandonneau

    OFF selection - showcase

    Sébastien Provencher
    Presentation – Children of Chemistry

    Helen Simard
    Presentation – IDIOT

    Philippe Dandonneau
    Presentation – J’ai rasé mes jambes six fois and no sex happened

    Circuit-Est - Studio A
  • 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    Karine Ledoyen - Danse K par K

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Danse de salon

    Salon de Suzie Larivée
  • 9:00 pm – 9:50 pm
    ENTITEY/Jason Martin et Janelle Hacault

    OFF SELECTION

    Présentation – Falling

    From passion to abandon, Falling follows the story of a couple and dives into their intimacy. This piece explores the cycle of a love story. The effects of time passing, complicity, desire, passion, the hard (and beautiful) return to reality, conflict and trust regained. This performance touches on the complexity and the universality of human and romantic relationships.

    Studio Flak
  • 9:45 pm – 10:30 pm
    Karine Ledoyen - Danse K par K

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Danse de salon

    Salon de Suzie Larivée

Thursday, November 30, 2017

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am
    Registration and coffee
    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Artistic Tandems

    (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
    Scheduled artistic “dates” between presenters, agencies and dance companies. Request forms will be sent to you on November 15, to be completed and returned no later than November 19. Optional activity.

    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Dance awards ceremony
    Le Wilder - ESPACE ROUGE
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lunch - offer by La DSR, l'Agora and Tangente
    Le Wilder - Atrium
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
    Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Tentacle Tribe, Production EM - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Showcase

    Anne-Flore de Rochambeau
    Excerpts – Dynamique des fluides

    Tentacle Tribe
    Excerpts – Threesixnine

    Production EM
    Excerpts – [ID] DOUBLE

    MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
    Andréanne Leclerc et Dany Desjardins - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Excerpts – Sang bleu

    Sang bleu explores the body and its relationship to the elements that shape it: a mass of flesh and bacteria that penetrates and devours one another, that decomposes. This work is a vision of degeneration, whether caused by death, sickness or infection. It is not finite, it does not seek to annihilate the body, rather the choreography expresses the process of physical transfiguration and the constant evolution of our flesh.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE BLEU
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
    Clara Furey - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Public repetition - Cosmic Love

    Clara Furey explores the constant transformation of energy and ritual gestures against a minimalist space in which every form of communication becomes possible. She proposes the dance of matter and the absence of matter, folding performers and spectators into the weightlessness of the senses. In questioning the sidereal void and all the ties and dynamics within it, Furey has created an abstract choreographic work that reveals the unique radiance of the human body. The five performers vibrate in this space, opening a universe of synchronicities, in which various energy exchanges operate.

    Centre de création O Vertigo
  • 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
    Andréanne Leclerc et Dany Desjardins - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Excerpts – Sang bleu

    Sang bleu explores the body and its relationship to the elements that shape it: a mass of flesh and bacteria that penetrates and devours one another, that decomposes. This work is a vision of degeneration, whether caused by death, sickness or infection. It is not finite, it does not seek to annihilate the body, rather the choreography expresses the process of physical transfiguration and the constant evolution of our flesh.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE BLEU
  • 4:00 pm – 5:10 pm
    Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Tentacle Tribe, Production EM -OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Showcase

    Anne-Flore de Rochambeau
    Excerpts – Dynamique des fluides

    Tentacle Tribe
    Excerpts – Threesixnine

    Production EM
    Excerpts – [ID] DOUBLE

    MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
  • 4:00 pm – 5:10 pm
    Clara Furey - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Public repetition - Cosmic Love

    Clara Furey explores the constant transformation of energy and ritual gestures against a minimalist space in which every form of communication becomes possible. She proposes the dance of matter and the absence of matter, folding performers and spectators into the weightlessness of the senses. In questioning the sidereal void and all the ties and dynamics within it, Furey has created an abstract choreographic work that reveals the unique radiance of the human body. The five performers vibrate in this space, opening a universe of synchronicities, in which various energy exchanges operate.

    Centre de création O Vertigo
  • 5:00 pm – 5:20 pm
    Paul-André Fortier

    Agora de la danse conference

    Excerpts – Trois

    Adaptable to whatever space it is performed in, Trois is a mosaic of “7 short dances”, in which the changing combinations of the three dancers redefine the audience experience at every performance.

    Last winter, Agora de la danse presented 15 X LA NUIT, a piece by Paul-André Fortier, outdoors in the Quartier des spectacle. The choreographer now proposes an original work in two distinct versions. This new work will close our fall season with four unique performances.

    To reach out to different audiences, Paul-André Fortier offers a stripped-down version of Trois outside the theatre context. Each audience will have the opportunity to experience three of these “short dances” in original and improbable locations that will disrupt the audience’s perceptions.

    Le Wilder
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Cocktail dinner offer by Diagramme and La danse sur les routes du Québec
    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Destins Croisés - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation - Lien(s)

    Maison de la culture Frontenac
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Ingrid Vallus et Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

    Agora de la danse Conference / Tangente presentation
    Double program

    Ingrid Vallus
    Presentation – Féral

    What made us who we have become? An evocative solo, Féral is an exploration of the savage character of human beings and of our hidden animality. This visceral composition, arising from personal introspection, investigates our tendency to shape ourselves into domesticated creatures. In a stripped-down scenic universe, light and shadow sculpt the moving body of the choreographer-performer enveloped in a soundscape created by composer Kim Gaboury. Gradually bringing us back to our senses, the artist seeks to reveal that which is buried deep inside herself, and ourselves. We are, after all, part dog and part wolf. And, of course, part human.

    Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier
    Presentation – La paix dans le monde

    In an era of superficial appearances and untold stress, La paix dans le monde is an urgent, poetic and philosophical duet about the power of vulnerability. Beyond its inherent authenticity and sincerity, the dance is also the dream of a better world, an ode to peace; to every kind of peace, including that found within ourselves and in others. The choreographer’s research is nourished by those around her, as she collected their personal stories. With fluidity and delicacy, the two performers dance to express serenity and suggest the idea of simple, true and universal happiness. The time has come to believe in the beauty of our own imperfections and in our right to love and be loved.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE VERT
  • 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm
    Bill Coleman - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Dolhouse

    Bill Coleman embodies the impressive structures of experimental musician Gordon Monahan. Unsettling and surprising, Dollhouse is at the crossroads of Artaud theatre and Chaplin comedy, in which the performer is both instrument and conductor. Bill Coleman plays the role of a modern-day fakir, who confronts a series of almost-Biblical-scale challenges to reveal a man who is out of synch with his environment. Objects fall, break and shift, creating a unique sound landscape that accompanies our man as he descends into chaos.

    Salle Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck
  • 8:00 pm – 9:35 pm
    Frédérick Gravel

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Some hope for the Bastard

    A melancholic party, a dark celebration. A poetic hymn dedicated to the feeling of helplessness and apathy. When you don’t know where to go, you just wait. We are all waiting for something, but this has a cost, the waiting is eating up our interiors. Conditioned as we are, no room as ever been left for any patience.

    Once more accompanied by his frenzied “GAnG” of actors, dancers and musicians, Frédérick Gravel presents a choreographic concert filled with a frankly corrosive energy.

    Usine C
  • 9:30 pm – 10:15 pm
    Audrée Juteau

    OFF selection

    Presentation – Les Strange strangers

    Les Strange strangers invites us into an offset universe where two dancers connect deeply with cardboard boxes, canvas and coloured tape through a self-administered hypnosis session. The inanimate objects come alive, and the living bodies unwind. The canvas is at times amorphous, at times geometric, it shreds cardboard and reveals the reversability of space, reminding us of Alice in Wonderland’s loss of sense of identity and proportion when she falls down the rabbit hole. Constant metamorphosis of matter and bodies, ponctuated by the emergence of euphoric clarity, the piece is lived like a hallucination with no collateral damage for the spectator.

    Circuit-Est - Studio A

Friday, December 1, 2017

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am
    Registration and coffee
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Programming meeting
    Reserved for presenters

    For presenters from Quebec

    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
    Live Bulletin Board

    A dynamic activity mostly targeting choreographers, this live “bulletin board” gives creators the opportunity to present their latest artistic projects to presenters from outside Quebec. Eight pre-selected choreographers will be “posted” on the bulletin board and… wait for the twist! Four more will be randomly selected from all the participants in the room (presenters, agents, dancers, choreographers, cultural workers, etc.). Simultaneous translation will be available. Only the choreographers registered for this activity will receive the form to enter the draw.

    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lunch
    Place des arts - Salon urbain
  • 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Lorganisme - Caroline Laurin-Beaucage - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation: Habiter sa mémoire

    Choreographer and dancer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage transports her studio outside and invites the audience to watch the creation of her next solo. For six hours, she will explore movement in a transparent box with no walls, eventually creating a work that will explore her corporeal memories. Equipped with sensors, Laurin-Beaucage will capture data from her environment and on her physical state that will be simultaneously broadcast on the screen near her box. Come experience a spatial-temporal performance that will be constantly changing.

    Place des Festivals (corner Balmoral and Sainte-Catherine - up the stairs)
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Mandoline Hybride - Priscilla Guy et Catherine Lavoie-Marcus - OFFICIAL SELECTION (english)

    Presentation – Singerie (english)

    Two women try to stay true to themselves. Cornered by a video “fresco” in which their images multiply and shatter, they compulsively mimic and re-enact the other so that they won’t dissolve. But their hopes are not aligned with their destiny, with one women constantly behind or ahead of the other.

    Singerie is an extension of a friendship and the friendship is this—an encounter that is never kept, never missed, but constantly rescheduled.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE BLEU
  • 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
    Le Carré des Lombes - Danièle Desnoyers - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Nouvelle Création 19

    Danièle Desnoyers is undeniably engaged with articulating what motivates us to dance. Six performers will join the choreographer on stage. With just a few words, in just a few moments of dance, they reveal the depth of the creative process undertaken by artists from different backgrounds, including scenographer Geneviève Lizotte and composer Ben Shemie.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE ORANGE
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Le Carré des Lombes - Danièle Desnoyers - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Nouvelle Création 19

    Danièle Desnoyers is undeniably engaged with articulating what motivates us to dance. Six performers will join the choreographer on stage. With just a few words, in just a few moments of dance, they reveal the depth of the creative process undertaken by artists from different backgrounds, including scenographer Geneviève Lizotte and composer Ben Shemie.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE ORANGE
  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Mandoline Hybride - Priscilla Guy et Catherine Lavoie-Marcus (french) - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – Singerie (french)

    Two women try to stay true to themselves. Cornered by a video “fresco” in which their images multiply and shatter, they compulsively mimic and re-enact the other so that they won’t dissolve. But their hopes are not aligned with their destiny, with one women constantly behind or ahead of the other.
    Singerie is an extension of a friendship and the friendship is this—an encounter that is never kept, never missed, but constantly rescheduled.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE BLEU
  • 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
    Danse Carpe Diem - Emmanuel Jouthe - OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Presentation – SUITES PERMÉABLES

    SUITES PERMÉABLES gives birth to questions about intimacy, being on the edges of a physical relationship. In each culture, physical distance is (unconsciously) established between two people, our interactions defined by an invisible layer—a personal space—that enables each individual to experience the world, to breathe, to sweat and, above all, to feel. Set against an uncommon backdrop, this choreography has a deep desire to move spectators out of their comfort zone, to shake up their ideas and push them into an unexpected interaction with the other in a hidden dimension.
    SUITES PERMÉABLES is a glance tossed, a hand extended, something whispered in your ear. The dancers’ bodies, so malleable, vibrate and protect themselves from the outside world, offering a presence that is both gentle and disruptive.

    Circuit-Est - Studio Jeanne-Renaud
  • 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
    Cocktail - A last drink
    Circuit-Est - Studio Jeanne-Renaud
  • 7:30 pm – 8:35 pm
    Ingrid Vallus and Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

    Agora de la danse Conference / Tangente presentation

    Ingrid Vallus
    Presentation – Féral

    What made us who we have become? An evocative solo, Féral is an exploration of the savage character of human beings and of our hidden animality. This visceral composition, arising from personal introspection, investigates our tendency to shape ourselves into domesticated creatures. In a stripped-down scenic universe, light and shadow sculpt the moving body of the choreographer-performer enveloped in a soundscape created by composer Kim Gaboury. Gradually bringing us back to our senses, the artist seeks to reveal that which is buried deep inside herself, and ourselves. We are, after all, part dog and part wolf. And, of course, part human.

    Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier
    Presentation – La paix dans le monde

    In an era of superficial appearances and untold stress, La paix dans le monde is an urgent, poetic and philosophical duet about the power of vulnerability. Beyond its inherent authenticity and sincerity, the dance is also the dream of a better world, an ode to peace; to every kind of peace, including that found within ourselves and in others. The choreographer’s research is nourished by those around her, as she collected their personal stories. With fluidity and delicacy, the two performers dance to express serenity and suggest the idea of simple, true and universal happiness. The time has come to believe in the beauty of our own imperfections and in our right to love and be loved.

    Le Wilder - ESPACE VERT
  • 8:00 pm – 8:35 pm
    BoucharDanse - Yvonne Coutts

    OFF selection

    Presentation – at yes a day

    at yes a day investigates reactivity versus response, imposition versus serendipity. Two individuals caught in a series of repetitive patterns unfold in a space that is defined by precision and control. Through deliberate concentration, cohesion and equality of fronts, inevitable spatial nearness creates disturbance and resistance.

    Circuit-Est, centre chorégraphique
  • 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm
    Brice Noeser

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    Presentation – Ruminant Ruminant

    Ruminant Ruminant is presented in the form of sketches, skill-testing games and pastiches in which words, dance, music and cinema form a subtle and joyous unidentified dancing object. It’s not about bovines, it’s not about love, it doesn’t speak the Alsace dialect, but it’s about everything and nothing, at home, in your studio, on stage. And there’s dancing too, and maybe some singing. “It” is born from the conceptual union of Karina Iraola and Brice Noeser for a festival of games and interactions that are adopted for the sake of seeing where they might lead us.

    Karina Iraola and Brice Noeser are interested in con/founding and de/constructing speech, thought and movement. With a common strategy of wit and non-sense, they obstruct each other, become entangled, overlay their bodies and minds with tension, vibration, constraining positions and circuitous themes.

    La Chapelle
  • 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm
    Daniel Léveillé, Manuel Roque et Catherine Gaudet

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    Daniel Léveillé
    Excerpt – Solitudes duo

    Daniel Léveillé has graced stages across the world with the radicalism of his impossible choreographic scores. An unexpected gentleness dawned in Solitudes solo and Solitudes duo is a surprisingly romantic work, sensual and piqued with humour.

    Here is a close-up look at couples. Masculine, feminine, mixed, duos follow one upon the other, identities merge and are protected in an immaculate white, small space. Freedom found in the constraints of a relationship. Hips roll, thighs wrap around each other. Bodies are entwined, launch into acrobatics and are buoyed upwards, eventually falling under the weight of contempt.

    The nature of that connection is read in the eyes, in the tension of the muscle, the quality of the touch. Modesty, passion, indifference, affection and indulgence are revealed in the sound of the Baroque harpsichord and violins, in the 1970s pop-rock tunes. Strength, grace and emotion come together to create the technical movements of this demanding performance—to our great delight!

    Manuel Roque
    Excerpt – bang bang

    A study in the zeitgeist of pushing your limits, bang bang is a stage object for a kamikaze soloist who explores the notion of resistance. The piece unfolds as a trial-score, directly questioning the what performance means in both its literal and figurative sense, from the presentation venue to the metaphors representing our contemporary western lifestyles.

    Progressively, the sweat drips, the flaws become more raw, the familiar form of the body appears as a watermark. The performer pursues the dance, until he loses himself, the how and the why, the necessity of being there. The spectator travels via a kinaesthetic empathy.

    The narrative track, Seul un corps seul, dives into the trial and pleasure, into the suffering that intermingles with and is revealed most humbly in a space that is paradoxal, ambiguous and evocative on many levels.

    Catherine Gaudet
    Excerpt - Tout ce qui va revient

    One lone figure. Many faces.
    An attempt.
    Between reality and fantasy.
    Between a troubled past and a hazy present.
    Between a nightmare and a gentle dream.
    You are both my salvation and my torment.
    I love you. I hate you.

    UQÀM - Département de danse
  • 8:30 pm – 8:50 pm
    Compagnie Circul'R - Bérénice Dupuis et David Phiphak

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    Presentation – Brains in a Vat

    The Circul’R company was founded because two breakdancers shared a desire to use the stage area to sublimate the beauty of movement. Their choreographic language is based on a rigorous exploration of basic floor work and the qualities of movement to develop a choreographic expression that is fluid and poetic, anchored in the breath and impulses.

    Brains in a Vat, two bodies surrender to the same impulses in the fluid universe of a vat. As they move, the dancers awaken to their condition and attempt to fall into synch, to converse, to train and to help one another. By uniting their breath, form is achieved and they can then travel using hijacked breakdance gestures, a dialogue set to hectic and unpredictable rhythms, the goal of which is to be as organic as possible.

    Studio 303
  • 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Rhodnie Désir Créations CANCELLED

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    Presentation – MWON'D

    For this work in progress, Rhodnie Désir has called upon four dancers, as well as collaborators Hubert Lafore (set designer) and Jonathan Barro (lighting designer). Rhodnie explores a term inspired by the etymology of moun (human, being), world, mwen (me) and anmwey (a distressing cry); MWON'D is thus a call for clarity in the face of contradictory acts that humans use to create a path. The first creative residency took place at Arsenal Contemporary Art in November 2016, thanks to the Créateur en mouvement program offered by Danse Danse, and the second phase took place at Agora de la Danse in August-September 2017.

    MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
  • 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
    ENTITEY/Jason Martin et Janelle Hacault

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    Présentation – Falling

    From passion to abandon, Falling follows the story of a couple and dives into their intimacy. This piece explores the cycle of a love story. The effects of time passing, complicity, desire, passion, the hard (and beautiful) return to reality, conflict and trust regained. This performance touches on the complexity and the universality of human and romantic relationships.

    Studio Flak

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