Photo (Trick Cell Play) © Arthur Wolkovier. Dancers Vinícius Vieira, Daniel Reca, Ana Roberta Teixeira, Geivison Moreira, Luiza Yuk.

São Paulo Companhia de Dança

Trick Cell Play  Édouard Lock
L'Oiseau de feu  Marco Goecke
Agora  Cassi Abranches

April 6 - 9, 2022  \  Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts



1 h 40 including intermission

Meet the artists

Wednesday 6th + Friday 8th of April

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


Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais

Dear audience, dear dance lovers,

What a pleasure it is to be able once again to welcome an international company, the São Paulo Companhia de Dança from Brazil!

We’re very excited to welcome them for the second time with a triple bill that highlights three choreographers from three continents and presenting three distinct aesthetics. We’re very fond of this Brazilian company led by a wonderful woman, Inês Bogéa, who inspires great strength and humanity in her wonderful performers.

Choreographer Édouard Lock, who has created two pieces for the company, is equally fond of her. This is a unique opportunity to witness his work and his immense talent, of which we are very proud.

We’re truly delighted to be able to share this experience with you. Thank you for being here!


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, CGA. Production Manager Hervé Holdrinet. Director, Sales, Marketing and Communication Hélène Nadeau. Coordinator, Communications Julia Giehler. Media Relations Sheila Skaiem. Social Media Ariane Laget. Manager, Digital Marketing Anthony Cavigny. Manager, Cultural Action and School Services Claire Oliver. Coordinator, Special Projects and Events 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, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC LavalinTREASURER Thierry Pejot-Charrost, CPA, CA, Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.TIncADMINISTRATORS Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director - École supérieure de Ballet du QuébecChantal Bouvier, President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du QuébecNathalie Brunet, Portfolio manager and Investment advisor - National Bank FinancialJulie-Anne Côté, Consultant in museology. Pierre Des Marais, Executive Director and Artistic Codirector – Danse DanseJonathan Lachapelle, CFA, Director, Portfolio Construction, Total Portfolio - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. 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, Vice President, Communications, Corporate Marketing and CSR and International Affairs - Ivanhoé CambridgeDelphine 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.

A word from the Artistic Director

Inês Bogéa We’re delighted to return to Montréal for this new tour to present Trick Cell Play, Édouard Lock’s latest creation for the São Paulo Companhia de Dança. It’s interesting to see how his choreography resonates in the bodies of our dancers, with their unique accents and intensities. The program also highlight’s the company’s versatility, with the delicacy and precision of Marco Goecke’s duet Pássaro de Fogo (The Firebird) and the energy and vibrancy of Cassi Abranches’ Agora. We’re inspired by Montréal audiences’ passion for dance.

We are very pleased that following our first visit to the city in 2016, Édouard Lock received Montréal’s Grand Prix de la Danse. We look forward to seeing you again!

Inês Bogéa
Directrice artistique, São Paulo Companhia de Dança

São Paulo Companhia de Dança

Created in January 2008 by the Government of the State of São Paulo, São Paulo Dance Company (SPDC) is directed by Inês Bogéa, Ph.D. in Arts, dancer, documentary filmmaker and writer. Throughout this period, the Company has been seen by an audience of more than 865.000 people in different countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Switzerland, the United States of America, Uruguay, Mexico), experiencing approximately 150 cities, totaling more than 1.060 performances. The Company has a varied repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary. Recognized by specialized critics as one of the main dance companies of Latin America, since its creation, the Company has produced more than 85 choreographies, including commissioned new works of important names of international dance like Édouard Lock, Richard Siegal and Marco Goecke, and Brazilian choreographers, as Rodrigo Pederneiras, Henrique Rodovalho e Jomar Mesquita; and restagings of works from Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Nijinska, Nacho Duato among others.

SPDC searches for a connection with the audience by curiosity and perception of the dance world in motion. The programs show the variety of the repertoire of SPDC and the dynamics of Brazilian dancers. The dancers are versatile and able to move from classical to contemporary dance with a particular accent. The Company is a meeting place of distinct artists – such as choreographers, light designers, photographers, guest lecturers, restagers, writers, artists, cartoonists, musicians, costume designers and others.


Dancers Ammanda Rosa, Ana Roberta Teixeira, André Grippi, Carolina Pegurelli, Cecília Valadares, Daniel Reca, Geivison Moreira, Hiago Castro, Luan Barcelos, Luciana Davi, Luiza Yuk, Mateus Rocha, Matheus Queiroz, Michelle Molina, Nielson Souza, Pâmella Rocha, Poliana Souza, Thamiris Prata, Vinícius Vieira, Yoshi Suzuki.

Artistic Director Inês Bogéa.

General Manager Luca Baldovino.

Maître de ballet Milton Coatti.

Production Manager Antonio Magnoler.

Technical Manager Luiz Antônio Dias.

Sound Technician Rodolfo Paes Dias.

Ligthing technicien Nicolas Marchi.

Costume maintenance Edmeia Evaristo.

Édouard Lock

Édouard Lock - Photo by Marianne Larochelle

Édouard Lock began his choreographic career at the age of 20 and founded La La La Human Steps in 1980.

Over the years Mr. Lock has been invited to create works for some of the world’s leading dance companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Het Nationale Ballet of Holland, The Nederlands Dans Theater, the Cullberg Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

He co-conceived and was artistic director for David Bowie’s world tour, Sound and Vision. He also collaborated with Frank Zappa on the Yellow Shark concerts. Other musical collaborations include Gavin Bryars, Einstürzende Neubauten, Steve Albinni (Shellac of North America), David Lang, Iggy Pop, Kevin Shields (My Blue Valentine), David Van Tiegham, and the West India Company.

At the invitation of Robert Carson and the Paris Opera, Mr. Lock choreographed Les Boréades composed by Rameau and performed by his company LHS at Le Palais Garnier.

His works have garnered many awards, including the Chalmers choreographic prize, the New York Dance and Performance Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the National Arts Centre Award, the Benois de la Danse choreographic award given in Moscow, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Award, The Molson Prize given by the Canada Council for the Arts and an honorary doctorate granted by the Université du Québec.

Various films have been made on Mr. Lock’s work including Le Petit Musée de Vélasquez directed by Bernar Hébert, and the documentary Inspirations by British director Michael Apted, which also included Roy Lichtenstein, Tadao Ando and David Bowie amongst others.

The film adaptation of Amelia, directed by Édouard Lock, had its American premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and its European premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film won its category at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Prague International Film Festival and the Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland as well as winning two I.C.E. and two Gemini Awards for best direction and best editing.

Mr. Lock was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada.

Marco Goecke

Marco Goecke - Photo by Die Arge Lola

Marco Goecke was born in Wuppertal, Germany. He trained as a dancer at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung in Munich as well as the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and worked at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin and Theatre Hagen. After choreographing works in Hagen and for Stuttgart Ballet’s Noverre-Society, Marco Goecke created ballets for New York City Ballet (Mopey, 2004) and Stuttgart Ballet (Sweet Sweet Sweet, 2005). Marco Goecke became Choreographer in Residence at Stuttgart Ballet in 2005.

His interpretation of the ballet classic The Nutcracker (2006) was met with high acclaim as were his works Alben (2008), Fancy Goods (2009), Orlando (2010), in sensu (2011), Black Breath (2012), Dancer in the Dark (2012) and On Velvet (2013).

His solo works, Äffi and Mopey entered the repertory of Stuttgart Ballet and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and have been performed at galas around the world. He has also created works for The Hamburg Ballet, Leipziger Ballett, Nederlands Dans Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, The Berlin State Ballet, Sao Paulo Companhia de Dança and Ballet Zurich.

After having worked with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam for more than seven years as Choreographer in Residence, Marco Goecke accepted the position of Associate Choreographer with Nederlands Dans Theater in 2013. In his most recent creation for Nederlands Dans Theater, Hello Earth, his dancers performed on popcorn.

Cassi Abranches

Cassi Abranches Photo Jose Luiz Pederneiras

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1974, Cassi Abranches began her dance studies in 1982 at Escola Municipal de Bailados, SP. As a dancer, Cassi performed with Brazil's Raça Cia de Dança, Balé do Teatro Castro Alves and Balé do Teatro Guaíra, before she joined Grupo Corpo in 2001, where she danced until 2013.   

As a choreographer, Cassi has created numerous works for Grupo Corpo that have toured the world. Other creations include Contracapa (2009) – Ballet Jovem Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte;  Ariana (2013) – Cia Jovem Bolshoi Brasil; Oblivion (2013) – Cia Sesc de Dança, Belo Horizonte;  Plano (2014) – Cia Sesc de Dança, Belo Horizonte; Gen (2014) – São Paulo Cia de Dança;  Ensejo (2015) - Cia Jovem Bolshoi Brasil and  Suíte Branca (2015) for Grupo Corpo. 

Besides her work for dance companies, Cassi has choreographed for film, commercials and  music videos, including the creation of  “Pas-de-Deux” from the movie Rio, I Love You.   

Most recently, she was Director of Movement and Choreographer of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.  

On 6 June, 2019, Cassi's latest work, Agora, was premiered by São Paolo Cia de Dança and then toured to the Moviemento Festival in Wolfsburg, Germany and tours Europe and the UK in 2020.  In February, 2020, Agora received the APCA Award 2019 in Sao Paolo for Best Choreography/Creation.

Édouard Lock © Marianne Larochelle.
Marco Goecke © Die Arge Lola.
Cassi Abranches © Jose Luiz Pederneiras.

Trick Cell Play (2019) 

Movement linked to iconic operas and their collective memories, deconstructed, the sweetness stripped away in a gradual descent into a nihilistic terrain, reflecting both a darker view of the passions expressed in these arias and the fragmentation of the social utopia that gave them birth. A dance like wind in grass between dusk and night. Trick Cell Play.

A production by Pró-Dança Association, São Paulo Dance Company, Brazil commissioned by Movimentos Festwochen, Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany. 

Choreography and Light Design Édouard Lock. 
Composition Gavin Bryars. 
Music Director of Percorso Ensemble Ricardo Bologna. 
Costumes Designer   Ulrika Van Gelder (dresses). 
Costume Assistant  Edmeia Evaristo (corsets). 

WIth 14 dancers
Ammanda Rosa, Ana Roberta Teixeira, André Grippi, Carolina Pegurelli, Cecília Valadares, Daniel Reca, Geivison Moreira, Hiago Castro, Luan Barcelos, Luiza Yuk, Mateus Rocha, Poliana Souza, Vinícius Vieira, Yoshi Suzuki.

Duration 50 min.

Firebird (2010)

Marco Goecke created this pas de deux to the music of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, with premiered in 1910 – in the 100th anniversary of the masterpiece, during the Holland Dance Festival (2010). Goecke takes what at that time was wholly in keeping with the character of the original Russian fairytale – Ivan Tsarevich’s fight against the magician Koschei too the captive Tsarevna and her playmates – and remodels it into an encounter between two shy creatures. For the music he chooses: the lullaby that the mythical firebird uses to put the magician and his companions to sleep, adding the triumphant finale. His duet can also be interpreted as a meeting between the firebird and the prince, two creatures of different natures: a bird that dances and a human who flies, says Nadja Kadel, Drammaturg.

Choreography, Set and Costumes Marco Goecke.
Music The Firebird (Berceuse and Final), by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) .
Dramaturgy Nadja Kadel.
Ligthing Udo Haberland | Version for SPDC: Wagner Freire.
Restaging Giovanni Di Palma.
Dancers Thamiris Prata/Ammanda Rosa and Nielson Souza.

Duration 8 min.

Agora (2019)

The third commission by Cassi Abranches to the São Paulo Dance Company, explores the word “time” in every possible meaning regarding: musical aspect with dynamics and sonorities; chronological aspect with memories and expectations, temperature with different degrees and intensities. The choreographer sculpts the movements in each dancer's body from the musical rhythms of the track composed by Sebastián Piracés, which uses drums and Afro-Brazilian percussion elements, mixed with contemporary rock and singing.

Choregraphy Cassi Abranches.
Music Sebastián Piracés.
Lighting Gabriel Pederneiras.
Costumes Janaína Castro.
Dancers Ammanda Rosa/Thamiris Prata, Ana Roberta Teixeira/Carolina Pegurelli, Hiago Castro, Luan Barcelos, Luciana Davi, Mateus Rocha, Matheus Queiroz, Michelle Molina, Nielson Souza, Pâmella Rocha, Poliana Souza, Yoshi Suzuki.

Duration 12 min.


Luan Barcelos
Hiago Castro
Luciana Davi
André Grippi
Michelle Molina
Geivison Moreira
Carolina Pegurelli
Thamiris Prata
Matheus Queiroz
Daniel Reca
Mateus Rocha
Pamella Rocha
Amanda Rosa
Nielson Souza
Poliana Souza
Yoshi Suzuki
Ana Roberta Teixeira
Cecilia Valadares
Vinicius Vieira

Luiza Yuk



Portrait Lou Amsellem © Julie Artacho. Portrait Sophie Breton © Frédérique Bérubé. Portrait Charles Cardin-Bourbeau © Jonathan Malenfant. Portrait Matéo Chauchat © Cara Roy. Portrait Félix Cossette © Philippe Provencher. Portrait Marilyn Cyr © Hugo B. Lefort. Portrait Marie-Michelle Darveau © Marie-Ève Dion. Portrait Janelle Hacault © Damian Siqueiros. Portrait Mathieu Hérard © Julie Artacho. Portrait Alexandre Morin © Carl-Hugo Poirier. Portrait Erin O'Loughlin © Valérie Boulet. Portrait Mateo Picone © Frédérique Rosso. Portrait Raphaëlle Renucci © Maxim Côté. Portrait François Richard © Bobby Leon. Portrait Cara Roy © Ariane Famelart. Portrait Marie-Philippe Santerre © Fannie Laurence. Portrait Lila-Mae Talbot © Jean Soreil. Portrait Camille Trudel-Vigeant © Yvens B.


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