Sylvain Émard is a master at the art of getting crowds moving. For more than 10 years, the irresistible wave of his earlier work Le Grand Continental took him to the four corners of the planet, where he directed hordes of dancers. This rigorous, multi-faceted choreographer is as adept at transforming dance into an exuberant art form as he is at exploring the anguish of the human soul. For him, dance is a celebration. Under the gaze of the audience seated around the stage, Rhapsodie amplifies the energy of the mass, bodies propelled by a visceral force. A sensitive and attentive observer of his contemporaries, Émard captures the life drive of beings dancing unselfconsciously, the subversive abandon of bodies on the dance floor. An intense, hard-hitting dance experience.
Photo © Cindy Boyce.
A prolific and internationally respected artist, Sylvain Émard created his own dance company Sylvain Émard Danse in 1990, quickly establishing a reputation for a very original style. Highly theatrical at first, his work soon evolved into a more formal approach to dance. From his first solo piece Ozone, Ozone (1987) to his group work Ce n'est pas la fin du monde(2013) and the recent small scale dance Le chant des sirènes(...Read more about Sylvain Émard
A prolific artist of international renown, Sylvain Émard created his company, Sylvain Émard Danse, in 1990. Theatrical at its beginnings, his work quickly turned towards a more formal aspect. From Ozone, Ozone (1987), his fisrt solo, to his most recent Le chant des sirènes (2017), or the male septet It's not the end of the world (2013), Sylvain Émard explores the territory of human nature through the power of the body. ...Read more about Sylvain Émard Danse
Choreographer Sylvain Émard.
Dancers Rodrigo Alvarenga, Sophie Breton, Félix Cossette, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Marilyne Cyr, Kimberley De Jong, Sara Hanley, Kennedy Henry, Kyra Jean Green, Jee Lam, Christopher LaPlante, Diana Léon de Keizer, Louis-Elyan Martin, Yansi Méndez Bautista, Alexandre Morin, Erin O’Loughlin, Ilse Orozco Corona, Nicolas Patry, James Philips, François Richard.
Apprentice Dancers Marie-Michelle Darveau, Camille Trudel-Vigeant.
Rehearsals Daniel Villeneuve.
Music Martin Tétreault et Poirier.
Lighting Design Alexandre Pilon-Guay.
Costumes Marilène Bastien.
Artistic Advisor Sophie Corriveau.
Production Manager Karyne Doucet-Larouche.
Technical Director David Surette.
Supported by the Canadian National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. This creation is also made possible thanks to Secretaría de Cultura, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), the Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea (CEPRODAC) of Mexico and the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie.