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RD Créations

Symphonie de cœurs
Rhodnie Désir
With Orchestre Métropolitain
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Montreal

Rhodnie Désir, laureate of the 2020 Grand Prix de la danse and associate artist at Place des Arts, takes up the challenge of a large-scale show for 11 performers and the 60 musicians of the Orchestre Métropolitain led by Canadian conductor Naomi Woo. A truly special event!

To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible! For Rhodnie Désir, human connection and oral tradition are fundamental to any project. After the extraordinary trajectory of BOW’T TRAIL, which took her to seven different regions in the Americas, she tackles another major challenge, the result of a large-scale collaboration with composer Jorane; sound designer Engone Endong; RD Créations’ “house band,” the Orchestre Métropolitain; and the National Film Board, for immersive projections. The heart, with all its imbalances and upheavals, fascinates this “keeper of memories.” Drawing on testimonials by specialists from the Montreal Heart Institute, she will translate the heart’s pulsations, along with its turmoil and weaknesses, into movement, echoing the defects in our society. A symphony of dance between the heart, the body, physical objects, video, light, music, and Afro-contemporary rhythms.

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A radiant artist who, one dance step at a time, brings light out of chaos.
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Artists

Choreographer
Rhodnie Désir

Rhodnie Désir has created about fifteen choreographic works, among them, her flagship piece BOW'T TRAIL Rétrospek and her pioneering memoir journey BOW'T TRAIL, which have earned her two awards from the Prix de la danse de Montréal (2020): Prix Envol and the highly coveted Grand Prix de la danse.

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Conductor
Naomi Woo

Naomi Woo is a prominent young Canadian conductor and pianist, recognized by CBC Radio, ARTV, and Flare magazine as a rising star on the Canadian classical music scene.

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Company

RD Créations
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Credits

CREATIVE TEAM

Chief Creative Director, choreographer, vocal composer and arrangements percussion Rhodnie Désir.
Conductors 
Naomie Woo.
Musical and vocal composer Jorane.
Beatmaker and Sound Designer
Engone Endong.
Orchestrator
François Vallières.
Costume Designer
Mélanie Ferrero.
Scenographer
Olivier Landreville.
Lighting designer
Chantal Labonté.
Video and digital designer
Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin.
Creative support
Isabelle Poirier.
Artistic consultant
Philip Szporer.
Musicians
Orchestre de l’Orchestre Métropolitain (à Montréal) / Orchestre du Centre National des Arts d’Ottawa (à Ottawa) / Orchestra della Svizzera italiana de Lugano (à Lugano) et House Band de RD Créations (Engone Endong, Lasso Sanou) for all dates.
Dancers
Marilyne Cyr, Mara Dupas, Camille Gendron, Aly Keita, Luce Lainé, Emmanuelle Martin, Mya Metellus, Carlos-Alexis Mendoza-Bustinza, Ernesto Queseda Perez, Greg «Krypto» Selinger, Abe Simon Mijnheer.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Main producer RD Créations.
Associate producer and technical director
Frédérick Lalonde - JKFL Production.
Production officer
Cécile Doo-Kingué - RD Créations.
Technical director
Bruno Lauzon.
Communications officer
Caroline Rousseau - RD Créations.
Consultant Production and Touring
Corinne Jozsef.
Representation agency
Avec Sheila (Sheila Skaiem).

PARTNERS

Principal producer RD Créations.
Co-producers and diffusers
Danse Danse, National Arts Centre, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura.
Majors partners
National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, National Film Board (NFB).
Principal partner
Fonds de Recherche du Québec.
Creative partners
Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino, Place des arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts de Montréal
Artistic associate
Orchestre Métropolitain.

SONGS

1. Neïa’yanga / Voice composer: R.Désir, Interpretations : R.Désir et A.Keita / 2023.
2· Fwô / Voice composer: R.Désir, Interpretations: R.Désir et A.Keita, Beatmaking: Engone Endong / 2023.
3. Bognè / Voice composer: A.Keita, Interpretations: A.Keita et R.Désir, Beatmaking: Engone Endong / 2023.
4. Call Jorane / Voice composer: Jorane, Interpretation: Jorane / 2023.

THANKS

RD Créations would like to thank all the heart health specialists, patient-partners at the Montreal Heart Institute and the Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino of Lugano, as well as the young people of Jean Eudes College, and all the citizens who agreed to testify during the Symphony of hearts documentary research project, which began in 2022. Your powerful testimonials on the heart and cardiovascular system have brought Symphony of hearts to life.

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