Photo © Karolina Kuras. Dancers Guillaume Côté, Greta Hodgkinson.

Photo © Karolina Kuras. Dancers Guillaume Côté, Greta Hodgkinson.

Côté Danse

Guillaume Côté

May 11 - 14, 2022  \  Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts



65 min. without intermission

Meet the artists after the show

Wednesday 11th + Friday 13th of May

Banque Nationale
Danse Danse sincerely thanks Banque Nationale for its support. You give wings to the artists and offer a precious gift to the public.


Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais

Good evening, everyone,

It’s hard to believe the last show of the season is here!

Crypto, the latest work by the amazing Guillaume Côté, should have premiered two years ago, and has endured all the ups and downs of the past months. So we’re extremely excited to bring it to you at last. Guillaume Côté is a very talented artist, dancer and choreographer whose dazzling career has taken him to major venues around the world. His appearance at Danse Danse with his own company is a highly anticipated event!

The opening night of Crypto coincides with our fundraising event—the first one held in person since 2019—, and we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of your support in allowing us to present a range of works from different cultures and all continents, and to initiate cultural actions that make a difference for our artists and the public. Thank you for giving. You make creative sparks fly!

This week is also the week we unveil our next season.

Danse Danse will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, so stay tuned!

It’s an abundant week, just like spring, which we hope will fill you with renewed energy. Enjoy the show!


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.

Danse Danse


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.
Production Manager Hervé Holdrinet.
Director, Marketing and Communications Hélène Nadeau.
Advisor, Marketing and Communications Julia Giehler.
Media Relations Sheila Skaiem.
Social Media Ariane Laget.
Manager, Digital Marketing Anthony Cavigny.
Manager, Cultural Action and School Services Claire Oliver.
Manager, special projects and assistant to the Executive Director Evelyne Fournier.
Manager, Philanthropic Development and Partnerships Mihaela Machiodache.
Manager, Customer Relations, Ticketing and Administration Marie Laporte.
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, Head of Communications and Marketing - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. TREASURER Thierry Pejot-Charrost, CPA, Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.TIncADMINISTRATORS Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director - L'École supérieure de Ballet du QuébecChantal Bouvier, President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du QuébecJulie-Anne Côté, Consultant in museology. Pierre Des Marais, Executive Director and Artistic Codirector –Danse DanseJonathan Lachapelle, CFA, Vice-President, Investissements – Fednav Holdings Inc. Sebastien Leblond, President & CEO - Capital RainMKRS IncLucy Riddell, Vice Chair - R. Howard Webster Foundation. Nathalie Seïde, MBA, Pl. Fin, Senior Advisor, Integration and Marketing Implementation - Desjardins.

Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Head of Communications and Marketing - Montreal Museum of Fine ArtsDelphine Hareux, Director, Marketing and Client Experience, BDC Business Development Bank of CanadaIsabelle Brosseau, Program Director - Rouge 107,3.


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Photo Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais © Damián Siqueiros.

Guillaume Côté
Choreographer, director, dancer

Guillaume Côté photo by Karolina Kuras

Guillaume Côté is a native of Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada’s National Ballet School and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1999. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2004.

Since then, Mr. Côté has danced most of the major classical roles with the National Ballet of Canada and has been the leading male figure of the company. He has had several lead roles created on him notably the role of Romeo in Alexei Ratmansky’s new Romeo and Juliet, Prince Charming in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, and the role of Gene Kelly in Derek Deane’s production of Strictly Gershwin, for the English National Ballet.  He has also worked closely with such dance icon as Roland Petit, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite. As a guest artist, Mr. Côté has danced with The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, the Mikhailosky Theater of St-Petersburg, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Berlin’s Staatsoper, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Stuttgart Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, the Alberta Ballet, Verona Opera and the South African Ballet Theater. Mr. Côté has also performed in numerous international galas.

In 2013, in addition to his position as a Principal Dancer, Mr. Côté assumed the role of Choreographic Associate with The National Ballet of Canada and today eight of his works are part of the company’s repertoire. In 2012, his work Enkeli won the Audience Choice Award for Best Choreography at The Tenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize. That same year, his work for ProArteDanza, Fractals: a pattern of chaos, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2013, his work Being and Nothingness entered The National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire and after its initial success, the work is extended and presented in 2015 and again in 2019 during an international tour ending in Russia. Mr. Côté’s first full-length ballet, Le Petit Prince, was presented during the National Ballet’s 2016 season in front of sold-out houses. In 2017, Mr. Côté was chosen to participate in the landmark National Arts Centre Commission Encount3rs, pairing three of Canada’s outstanding choreographic talents with three of the country’s most exciting composers performing together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In June of 2018, Mr. Côté created in collaboration with the famed Director Robert Lepage, Frame by Frame, a new full-length evening presented at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.  In 2019, he creates Crypto, an independent full-evening work presented on a national tour of 20 performances.

In 2021, Guillaume Côté founded his own company Côté Danse focused on the multidisciplinary creation of innovative works with the mission of making dance seen and experienced differently.  In the summer of 2021, he created +(dix), presented at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and then at the Fall for Dance North in Toronto.  Also in 2021, he created Touch with Thomas Payette, an immersive multidisciplinary work that was presented 83 times in Toronto to sold-out houses. 

In 2011, Mr. Côté was awarded “La médaille de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec” for his work in the arts.  In September 2014, Mr. Côté was named the Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur, the largest summer dance festival in the country. In 2021, Mr. Côté was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, the highest distinction given by the government of Quebec.

Côté Danse

Explore, collaborate and amaze by making dance that is a different visual and emotional experience: this dream of dancer and choreographer Guillaume Côté has become the mission of his company founded in 2021. With the aim of attracting a broader dance audience, this independent company is focused on the creation of innovative multidisciplinary works of universal scope that blend both performing and digital arts.

Open and modular in approach, Côté Danse brings together, according to each project, the diverse talents of passionate collaborators, driven by the desire to use their imagination for the creation of original, inspiring and significant artistic experiences.

Three projects mark the inaugural year of Côté Danse: +(dix), a choreographic odyssey for five dancers, premiered at the 30th Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur and at Toronto’s Fall for Dance North Festival, Touch, an immersive artistic adventure in collaboration with Show One Productions (Immersive Van Gogh), and The national tour of Crypto, a modern fable mixing classical and contemporary dance, theatre and multimedia, performed by a quartet of exceptional dancers.

Guillaume Côté © Karolina Kuras.

Greta Hodgkinson

Greta Hodgkinson Photo by Karolina Kuras

Born in Providence, Rhode Island and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Greta Hodgkinson joined The National Ballet of Canada and danced as a Principal Dancer for over 24 years. An artist acclaimed for her dazzling technical virtuosity, dramatic intensity and articulate characterization, she is the complete ballerina, par excellence. Ms. Hodgkinson has performed every leading role in the classical repertoire and her talents extend to the contemporary repertoire as well. She has had numerous roles created for her by world-renowned choreographers and has worked closely with such icons as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, James Kudelka and Crystal Pite.

As an international guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet and Teatro Comunale di Firenze. She has also performed at the World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, the Gala des Etoiles, Stars of the 21st Century and International Ballet Galas in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and Europe. Ms. Hodgkinson has also worked extensively in film and has been featured in numerous dance and fashion magazines.

Among her various honours, Ms. Hodgkinson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and has received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island in recognition of her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world-class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States. In 2017, Ms. Hodgkinson was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their fields have left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond.

Ms. Hodgkinson is an inspirational teacher and coach, working with professional dancers and students in Canada and abroad. In 2020, after an extraordinary 30 years as a ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, she was appointed Artist in Residence with the company. In 2021, Ms. Hodgkinson founded Dance Mentoring by Greta, a comprehensive mentorship program designed to provide the inspiration, expertise, opportunities, guidance and artistic direction for dancers at every stage of their career.

Natasha Poon Woo

Natasha Poon Woo, photo by Drew Berry

Natasha Poon Woo began training and performing as a member of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) in her hometown of Toronto. She went on to study at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College and the Rotterdam Dance Academy, earning a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012 and graduating summa cum laude with the President’s Award for Achievement. As a performer, Natasha has toured Holland and Switzerland with Conny Janssen Danst, completed a residency at the Beijing Dance Academy in China with The Kevin Wynn Collection, and performed the works of such established American choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Pam Tanowitz, and Roderick George. She has worked with Toronto companies and artists including Rock Bottom Movement, Côté Danse, The Dietrich Group, BoucharDanse, Benjamin Landsberg, Ryan Lee / The Platform, Gadfly, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Tapestry Opera and Hit & Run Dance Productions. She is a Dora-winning performer with Rock Bottom Movement, whose acclaimed production of hollow mountain garnered Dance Division awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Natasha Poon Woo is currently a Guest Artistic Associate at CCDT, after serving as the company’s Associate Artistic Director from 2019-2021 and Rehearsal Director from 2012-2021. She has also directed rehearsals for artists including Hanna Kiel, Roderick George and Rodney Diverlus. She is a passionate and sought-after dance educator across Ontario, specializing in Limón-based modern technique and C-I TrainingTM (conditioning-with-imagery), certified and mentored by Donna Krasnow.

Casia Vengoechea

Casia Vengoechea, photo by Jubal Battisti

Casia Vengoechea is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator from Staten Island, New York. She received her early training from the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and later continued her education at The Juilliard School. Upon graduating from Juilliard in 2012, she began dancing with Nederlands Dans Theater II, and went on to join the Royal Swedish Ballet as a contemporary artist in the following years.

Casia has had the pleasure to dance repertoire and new creations by Jiří Kylián, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, Mats Ek, Franck Chartier, Lightfoot Leon, Marco Goecke, Alexander Ekman, Maxine Doyle, Johan Inger, Jiri Pokorny, Drew Jacoby, and Sasha Waltz. She has also worked on commercial campaigns for Chanel, Volkswagen, Hermès, Lufthansa, Mercedes, Longchamp, and Moncler as a dancer, model, choreographer, and movement director.

Casia is a 2011 Princess Grace Award Winner, a 2008 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 1st Level Awardee, and was selected as one of five international choreographers for the Banff Centre’s Collective Composition Residency in 2019. Her choreography has been performed at NDT’s historic Lucent Theater and Dansens Hus, Stockholm’s premier contemporary dance stage.

As a guest artist, Casia has performed with Le Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Berlin Staatsoper, and L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, and in 2020, she worked with Akram Khan for his latest production with the English National Ballet, Creature. Most recently, Casia has been actively working as a choreographic assistant at Teatro alla Scala and Aterballetto with Philippe Kratz and Diego Tortelli.
Casia is currently freelancing between Europe and North America.

Greta Hodgkinson © Karolina Kuras.
Natasha Poon Woo © Drew Berry.
Casia Vengoechea © Jubal Battisti.


A young Man lives with his Wife in wedded disharmony. Tired of his gloominess, the Wife encourages her husband to tap into his childhood interest of exploration, suggesting that he go out into the world to identify a cryptozoological creature that his father often speculated about, a creature made up of features belonging to different species of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish.  She tells her husband to go out and capture the hidden creature, heretofore unidentified, bring it back to her and affix his name, their name.  They will be instantly famous.  She will reward him with love and sexual affection.

The Man sets out on an expedition, travelling to an inhospitable climate that he believes to be the home of the Creature.  The landscape consumes him, he falls victim to the harsh environment, falling unconscious.  When he comes to, the Creature is hovering over him, interested in the emaciated man.  They introduce themselves to each other before the Man captures the Creature to bring it back home without incident.

When home, the Man shows the captive Creature to his wife who is shocked and enthralled.  The Creature attempts to fit into the domestic life of the couple, the Man and his Wife becoming closer through their shared excitement of this new addition to their life.  A sensuality develops.  The Wife becomes worried that the Creature is too valuable, and that when word gets out that they are harboring an undocumented scientific discovery, the Creature will be taken from them, most likely euthanized for biological study.  She suggests that they call their friend, the Master of Plastics, a Surgeon, in hopes that they will be able to remove the pelt of the Creature so that it could be taken on a world tour for the globe to study and admire.  They ask the surgeon to wrap human skin around the creature’s muscles, tissues and organs to conceal the cryptozoological identity of their finding.  The Creature will live alongside them in human form, again hidden from the world.

The surgery goes as planned.  The pelt is stripped from the meat of the Creature’s body.  The Man and his Wife live with the Creature in human form, training it to perform a domestic human function within the framework of their lives. The Creature cannot be contained, and removes itself from its human imprisonment, leaving the Man and his Wife alone with nothing to prove of this discovery.  They are again the victims of their own disharmony, asking us to wonder where the darkness of their human imaginations lead them next?

Côté Danse presents Crypto

Created by Guillaume Côté from an original story by Royce Vavrek.

Choreography and direction Guillaume Côté.
Story and text Royce Vavrek.
Composer Mikael Karlsson.
Sets and video design Mirari / Thomas Payette and Mylène Chabrol.
Lighting design Simon Rossiter after Etienne Boucher and Jean-François Piché.
Costume design Christopher Read.
Animation Motion Designer Joshua Ingleby.
Illustrator Lily Le.
Creative Assistant and Rehearsal Director Anisa Tejpar.
Technical Director, Stage Manager Jean-Hugues Rochette.
Projections and video Technician Fabien Locas
Producer Etienne Lavigne, Anymotion Productions

Cast Guillaume Côté, Greta Hodgkinson, Natasha Poon Woo, Casia Vengoechea.

Voice actors in French Émilie Bibeau, Daniel Picard, Nicholas Savard-L’Herbier.
Voice actors in English Ben Davis, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Lauren Worsham.

An Anymotion Production, in association with the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Crypto is a co-production of the CanDance Network Creation Fund, Canadian Stage, Danse Danse, the National Arts Centre, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Crypto received additional support from the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and The National Ballet of Canada.

Crypto was made possible with the generous support of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso.

Crypto was made possible with additional support from the Joan and Jerry Lozinski Foundation
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Soirée-bénéfice Danse Danse - Souffle

Souffle is an evening to celebrate contemporary dance, a unique opportunity to rediscover the vital space of the living arts and to support Danse Danse and its initiatives. 

Souffle is a chance to get together, raise a glass, meet the artists, attend a high-flying show and support accessibility to dance, performing arts and culture. In short, it is a celebration.

The impact of your donations

Dance speaks to the artist in each of us; it has a major impact on our lives and on our society. Danse Danse is committed to making this art of movement accessible.

Founded in 1998, Danse Danse is:

  • 109 dance companies from 25 countries
  • 176 indoor performances
  • 460,000 spectators
  • 75 creation residencies (Resid(a)ncies)
  • 35 dance workshops for the general public
  • 7 webcast dance shows
  • 21,000 young people welcomed via school groups
  • 7,900 free Get Youth into Dance tickets for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (program created in 2005)
  • 1,550 free tickets for new Canadian citizens to encourage their participation in Montreal’s cultural life (program created in 2017)

Corporate Partners

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Evening Partners

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The honorary presidency is provided by

Sophie Lussier Vice President and Head of Legal Affairs, Investissements / Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.


Anik Bissonette - Artistic Director - École supérieure de Ballet du Québec \ Nadine Boustany - Head of Projects, Will & Way \ Chantal Bouvier - President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du Québec \ Nathalie Brunet - Portfolio manager and Investment advisor - National Bank Financial \ Julie Anne Côté - Consultant in museology \  Vincent Delisle - Head of Liquid Markets, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec \ Jean-Philippe Gosselin - Managing Director, Foreign Exchange Solutions - Laurentian Bank Securities \ Jonathan Lachapelle -  Vice-President, Investissements – Fednav Holdings Inc. \ Sébastien Leblond - President & CEO - Capital RainMKRS Inc. \ Michèle Meier - Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC Lavalin \ Thierry Pejot-Charrost - Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.T. Inc. \ Pierre Pilote - Managing Partner - Gowlings \ Emmanuelle Poupart - Partner – McCarthy Tétrault LLP. \ Lucy Riddell - Vice Chair, R. Howard Webster Foundation \ Anne Roger - Collection manager – Giverny Capital \ Nathalie Seïde - Senior Advisor, Integration and Marketing Implementation - Desjardins.