Sylvain Émard Danse


Available to tour for seasons: 2023-24, 2024-25, 2025-26

Photo credit

Photographer: David Wong




Continuously or a loop of 15 min.

Target audience(s)

All Audiences


Contemporary, Official selection Parcours Danse 2023


A huge cylinder, 12 performers projected on a human scale, a layered, interwoven sound recording: the Choir installation is an invitation to plunge into dance, to hear it, to experience it from within.

Choir was inspired by Prelude #1 – The Circle, the first chapter of the in-situ diptych Preludes, a work for 20 dancers created by Sylvain Émard. Choir plunges the spectator into the centre of the dance. Surrounded by a cylindrical screen of 9 metres in diameter, the public observes the 12 dancers in 360 degrees, like a circular wave. The sound layers are interwoven to magnify reality: footsteps, breathing and music, everything places visitors in the very heart of the work, in the intimacy of the performance. The amplified sounds, combined with the life-size performers, create a hypnotic state as the dance ritual unfolds. This contemporary ceremonial, ranging from contemplation to exaltation, envelops the galvanized audience.

The immersive experience of Choir, which abolishes distance and time, allows us to see dance differently, to seize its slightest jolt. The trance effect emanating from this sequence of uninterrupted movements influences the audience, who are in turn captivated by this unique pagan rite.

Part of Parcours Danse official selection. Sylvain Émard and Thomas Payette of mirari will offer an exclusive peek into this new work punctuated with images of the installation, during a talk/demonstration.


Sylvain Émard


Original concept: Sylvain Émard

Created by: Sylvain Émard and Thomas Payette/mirari

Produced by: Sylvain Émard Danse

Choreographer: Sylvain Émard

Video director: Thomas Payette/mirari

Director of 360o photography: Dominic St-Amant

Dancers: Sophie Breton, Charles Cardin-Bourbeau, Matéo Chauchat, Marie- Michelle Darveau, Janelle Hacault, Mathieu Hérard, Kyra Jean Green, Christopher LaPlante, François Richard, Cara Roy, Marie-Philippe Santerre, Camille Trudel-Vigeant

Music: Éliane Radigue

Set designer: Xavier Mary/mirari

Lighting designer: François Marceau

Soundscape: Mathieu Doyon/mirari, assisted by Frédéric Auger

Costume designer: Marilène Bastien

Technical directors: François Marceau and Caroline Turcot/mirari

Executive producer: Hugues Monfroy/mirari

Production manager: Roxane Cadillon/mirari

Created with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


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