A Word from Danse Danse
Welcome to the dance!
This is our second indoor show of the season, and we’re just as excited as we were for the first one. We’re delighted to see you again!
To attend an Alan Lake performance is to experience a harmonious meeting of disciplines, to experience the body in relation to its environment. Our senses are engaged and fully activated. Let’s enjoy it together.
This show is also an opportunity for us to welcome, on Saturday, October 23, some twenty blind and visually impaired spectators, who will be able to experience the show through live audio description. Many thanks to Danse-Cité for this initiative. We’re honoured to be part of it.
And now, make way for the magic of dance. Enjoy the evening!
Pierre Des Marais – Executive Director and Artistic Co-direcor
Caroline Ohrt – Artistic Co-direcor ans Director of Development
Danse Danse acknowledges that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka Nation. We honour the continued presence of Indigenous peoples on the Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) territory, which has long served as a meeting place for exchanges between nations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to present live works of art here.
Executive Director and Artistic Co-director Pierre Des Marais. Artistic Co-director and Director of Development Caroline Ohrt. Director, Accounting and Administration Kim Hoang, CPA, CGA. Production Manager Hervé Holdrinet. Director, Sales, Marketing and Communications Hélène Nadeau. Coordinator, Communications Julia Giehler. Media Relations Sheila Skaiem. Manager, Cultural Action and New Audiences Claire Oliver Coordinator, Philanthropic Development Agathe Henninger Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Agent Evelyne Fournier. Stage Technicians Le Regroupement des techniciens de scène du Québec.
Board of Directors
President Emmanuelle Poupart, Partner – McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Vice President Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC Lavalin. Treasurer Thierry Pejot-Charrost, CPA, CA, Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.T. Inc. Administrators Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director - École supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Chantal Bouvier, President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du Québec. Nathalie Brunet, Portfolio manager and Investment advisor - National Bank Financial. Pierre Des Marais, Executive Director and Artistic Codirector – Danse Danse. Jonathan Lachapelle, CFA, Director, Portfolio Construction, Total Portfolio - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Sebastien Leblond, President & CEO - Capital RainMKRS Inc. Lucy Riddell, Vice Chair - R. Howard Webster Foundation.
Advisory Committee, Communications and Marketing
Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Vice President, Communications, Corporate Marketing and CSR and International Affairs - Ivanhoé Cambridge. Delphine Hareux, Director, Marketing and Client Experience, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada. Isabelle Brosseau, Program Director - Rouge 107,3.
Photo Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais © Damián Siqueiros.
“I explore the close relationship between the body and its environment. Thus, all my works originate in places chosen for their evocative powers. Constructed in this in situ context, the dance becomes inseparable from a setting with which it is in constant interaction. This first stage of creation results in either a dance film or a public performance on site. Afterwards, I transpose this initial work for presentation in a performance hall. Thanks to a stage design that combines sculptural installation, raw material and video projections, I set about establishing a space where the essence of the place previously occupied merges with the scenic elements. It is in these arenas that my choreographic writing shapes strange pagan rituals, in which the performers engage in a passionate exploration of the immediacy of the body, its breath, its flesh and its articulations.”
Choreographer and artistic director, Alan Lake Factori(e)
Photo Alan Lake © Antoine Caron.
Choreographer / Company
Alan Lake is a performer, choreographer, director and visual artist. It is with the accumulation of experience and a multidisciplinary practice that he now approaches gesture, devoting his daily life to dance. The objective of his work is to bring these disciplines together in a common space at the service of movement. He has presented his work in Quebec City, in Montréal and across Canada. L’effritement des parades marks his third appearance with Danse Danse, after Ravages (2015) and Le cri des méduses (2018).
Alan Lake Factori(e)
Founded in 2007 and based in Quebec City, Alan Lake Factori(e) is a multidisciplinary contemporary dance company with several original stage and film productions to its credit. Hailed by audiences and critics alike, its repertoire is enjoying increasing popularity. The projects Chaudière, déplacement et paysages (2009) and Là-bas le lointain (2012) each gave rise to a film and a stage work, and were presented notably by La Rotonde in Quebec City. In 2015, the show Ravages, presented in Montréal and Quebec City, pushed the approach to the previous productions even further. This time, two dance films emerged from the project: Jardins-Catastrophes (2014), which was screened in Quebec and in various countries, and Ravages (2015), a multi-award-winning film that is currently touring festivals around the world. In 2016, Les Caveaux, a daring site-specific work created and presented in a disused warehouse in Limoilou, opened La Rotonde’s final season. Alan Lake Factori(e) continued its research with Le cri des méduses (2018), a colossal project that includes a dance film and a large-scale stage production inspired by Théodore Géricault’s famous painting The Raft of the Medusa. In 2021, Alan Lake presents the trilogy Le cycle des parades, which comprises three distinct works: an in situ creation, a film and a stage performance.
Work / Credits
L'EFFRITEMENT DES PARADES
With the creation of the multidisciplinary work L’effritement des parades, Alan Lake Factori(e) returns to its choreographic language at the crossroads of dance, film and visual art.
In this new piece, the choreographer conjures up raw and symbolist worlds in which humans, totally permeated by their environment, evolve.
A deep dive into a dreamlike atmosphere, L’effritement des parades tells an elusive symbolist tale of distorted imaginings, eroded ambitions and disenchanted ideals. And yet, in the midst of these sabotaged hegemonies, something luminous and true calls to us, something whose powerful austerity reminds us of the immanence of being.
World Premiere October 15, 2021, Théâtre Hector Charland - L’Assomption.
Creation Alan Lake (Associate artist of Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV).
Choreography Alan Lake, with the dancers.
Dancers Odile-Amélie Peters, Fabien Piché, David Rancourt, Esther Rousseau-Morin.
Musical conception and music on stage Antoine Berthiaume.
Lighting Chantal Labonté.
Set Design Julie Lévesque, Alan Lake.
Assistants, props and costumes Lynne Geoffré, Romane Marchand.
Artistic Adviser Olivier Normand Laplante.
Rehearsals Annie Gagnon.
Assistant Chief Machinist Scott Drysdale.
Production Diretor André Houle - CCOV.
Technical Director Samuel Boucher.
Stage Manager Claudio Castillo.
Photography Nicolas Padovani, Sébastien Durocher.
Executive Producer Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV (Montreal).
An Alan Lake Factori[e] production co-poduced by Danse Danse and Diffusion Hector Charland (L’Assomption).
Artistic Residency La Rotonde (Québec), Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV (Montreal).
Agents Brent Belsher & Sophie Brassard (Belsher Arts Management).
Alan Lake Factori[e] is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts du Québec and the Entente de développement culturelle de la Ville de Québec.The audio description for blind and visually impaired people during the performance of October 23 was made possible by Danse-Cité, who would like to thank the following organizations for their support: the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts, Danse Danse and Place des Arts, as well as the partnership with Connec-T and the organizations working for the blind and visually impaired: the Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal Métropolitain (RABAMM), the CNIB Foundation and the Fondation des Aveugles du Québec.
The live webcast during the performances of October 22 + 23 is produced by Scènes Interactives Technologiques.
Antoine BerthiaumeBorn in Montreal, Antoine Berthiaume is an active composer in the fields of improvisation, contemporary music, dance, theater and cinema. A jazz guitarist and improviser, he has been featured on a dozen releases of the labels Ambiances Magnétiques, Audiogram, Vos Records, Incus Records, Sainte-Cécile, SONY and Starkland. He holds a master's degree in contemporary music and a doctorate in digital music from the Université de Montréal.
Odile-Amélie PetersOdile-Amélie Peters grew up in Quebec City, where she started dancing in hip-hop/choreography competition studios. She continued her studies in contemporary dance at L'École de danse de Québec, from which she graduated in 2012. She also took part in various programs and workshops such as ImpulsTanz, Le Domaine Forget, Springboard Danse Montréal, Company 605 intensive, TransFormation Danse and Radical System Art intensive.
She has danced for Le fils d'Adrien danse, Compagnie WXWS, Geneviève Duong, Company 605, Skeels Danse, Radical System Art and Charles Brecard and Danse K par K among others. Odile-Amélie Peters has a great interest in creation. She is in the early stages of choreographic research.
Fabien PichéFabien Piché was born in 1986 in Montreal and grew up in the Lower St. Lawrence region. He completed his training in contemporary dance at L'École de danse de Québec in 2010. Since then, he has been dancing with various choreographers and creators, mainly in Quebec City (Harold Rhéaume, Alan Lake, T.R.I., Lina Cruz). He also takes pleasure in blurring the boundaries of disciplines within the project Les Hiérarchies Horizontales. He continues to learn the craft of dance and does what he loves most, moving. In his personal explorations, Fabien Piché questions the empathic link, the present body and the stardust.
David RancourtBorn in Rouyn-Noranda, David Rancourt is a dance artist established in Montreal since 1999. He has been involved in some fifty productions, among which we find key works in the careers of certain creators (Alan Lake, Annie Gagnon, Marie Chouinard, Paula de Vasconcelos). Artistic Director of PPS Danse since June 2020, his role varies with his different projects; choreographer, performer, teacher, rehearsal director, outside eye, etc. He has been practicing Qi Gong with Marie-Claude Rodrigue and the Fragments Libres team for many years.
Esther Rousseau-MorinPromoted in 2007 from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Esther Rousseau-Morin has danced in numerous projects, including those of the companies Le Carré Des Lombes, Bouge de Là, Maribé Sors De Ce Corps, Lorganisme (Caroline Laurin-Beaucage), Le Fils d'Adrien danse, Montréal Danse, Créations Estelle Clareton, Trois Tristes Tigres, and Animals Of Distinctions. In parallel, she has been teaching in professional training programs and acted as an assistant to Sylvain Lafortune's partner classes for six years. They both co-created the work L'un L'autre presented at Danse Danse in 2018. She has been collaborating with Alan Lake Factori(e) for 13 years.
Photos Antoine Berthiaume © Julie Artacho. Odile-Amélie Peters, Fabien Piché © David Cannon. David Rancourt © Marjorie Guindon. Esther Rousseau-Morin © Yanique Filion.
BALLETS JAZZ MONTRÉAL
VANISHING MÉLODIES – Musique de Patrick Watson
Anne Plamondon, Juliano Nunes, Eric Jean
November 2. 3. 4. 5. 6, 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve
To mark their 50th anniversary, the BJM present VANISHING MÉLODIES, a danced foray into the poetic universe of Patrick Watson, the Montreal singer and musician with the inimitable voice. After the unprecedented success of Dance Me, tribute to Leonard Cohen, the BJM return with a dazzling new offering. A guaranteed spellbinder.
David Albert-Toth, Emily Gualtieri
November 16. 17. 18. 19. 20, 2021, Cinquième Salle
Definitely a duo to watch, choreographers David Albert-Toth and Emily Gualtieri create intensely physical works that entice and challenge the audience. Choreographed for eight performers, Efer is a contemporary ritual. An ode to the unknown. An anchor, an embrace. For one moment, being the person for whom the world was created. For another, dust and ashes.