December 4, 2012, 1:30 pm
  • Cas Public

    Founded in 1989 by choreographer Hélène Blackburn, Cas Public favours a research process in choreographic creation founded on the renewal of contemporary approaches to dance. In 2001, the company successfully carved out a niche in the young audience market with the goal of introduction the public to contemporary dance and contributing to its development. Cas Public thus defines itself as a contemporary dance company dedicated to producing works for general audiences. Recognized for its high-energy, high-performance dance, Cas Public has staked its reputation on the exceptional quality of its works coupled with its presence on national and international stages.

    • GOLD

      Cas Public has been known to fascinate, influence and captivate young audiences. Hélène Blackburn and long-time associate Pierre Lecours demonstrate this magic once more with Gold, a lively quintet for children ages four and up. In this sixth instalment of their youth series, the company revisits one of the greatest compositions of classical music, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as played by Glenn Gould. Much like the musical composition, with its famed passages, harmonies, rhythms and technical refinements, the company’s dancers will present a powerful performance imbued with poetry and trompe-œil effects.

      Known for radically transforming the daily objects that children know too well and for having a playful approach, Cas Public literally turns the stage into a true theatre space, upon which reality clashes with illusion, creating a game of hide-and-seek that will enchant children and parents alike.

  • La Otra Orilla

    La Otra Orilla is an artistic production company whose works develop from a dialogue between dance and music. Founded by Canadian dancer Myriam Allard and Franco-Tunisian singer Hedi Graja, the company is known for its hybrid performances that draw on flamenco roots and reinterpret the artform, introducing and transforming it through the multiple cultural and artistic influences of its creators.

    • Homoblablatus
      • Myriam Allard; Hedi Graja.

        Photo: Sarah Scott
      • Myriam Allard

        Photo: Lumanessence Photography
      • Photo: Lumanessence Photography
      • Photo: Lydia Pawelak

      HomoBLABLAtus, for three dancers and two actor-musicians, examines the possibilities and modes of artistic expression and questions the relationship between emptiness and overflowing in a world this is brimming with symbols.

  • Marc Boivin (chorégraphe indépendant)

    Danseur, improvisateur, enseignant et chorégraphe, Marc Boivin suit le cours de ses rencontres. Depuis ses débuts en 1982 au Groupe de la Place Royale à Ottawa sous la direction de Peter Boneham, il a prêté sa qualité d’interprète à de nombreux chorégraphes et projets. Dès 1985, il assiste aux balbutiements de la compagnie O Vertigo avec Ginette Laurin.

    Depuis 1991, à titre de danseur indépendant, il se produit au Québec et à l’étranger avec des chorégraphes de grande renommée tels Louise Bédard, Sylvain Émard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Tedd Robinson, Catherine Tardif et les improvisateurs Andrew Harwood et Peter Bingham. Il remporte en 1999 le prix Jacqueline-Lemieux décerné par le Conseil des arts du Canada. Marc Boivin fait partie de l’équipe de LADMMI, l’école de danse contemporaine, depuis 1987 et enseigne régulièrement à travers le Canada. Il a eu l’occasion de chorégraphier pour des interprètes, des compagnies ainsi que dans le cadre de ses activités d’enseignement. Il est président de la Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault de 2005 à 2011, il a aussi été membre du Conseil des Arts de Montréal de 2006 à 2010. Lors du 26e Rendez-vous annuel du Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) les 23 et 24 octobre 2010, l’assemblée générale des membres a élu Marc à la présidence, succédant ainsi à Anik Bissonnette.

    • Une idée sinon vraie...
      • Marc Boivin; Quatuor Bozzini

        Photo: Michael Slobodian
      • Ana Sokolovic

        Photo: Donat Boulerice
      • Quatuor Bozzini

        Photo: Quatuor Bozzini
      • Marc Boivin; Clemens Merkel

        Photo: Michael Slobodian
      • Marc Boivin; Quatuor Bozzini

        Photo: Michael Slobodian

      Première Nord-Américaine à l’automne 2012 à l’Agora de la danse

      Built around a musical work by composer Ana Sokolović, this new creation brings choreographer and dancer Marc Boivin on stage with Quatuor Bozzini. With seven musical movements that mirror the seven emblematic characters from the Commedia dell'arte, Marc Boivin presents a mise-en-abîme of these diverse characters in one body. He cracks each open, like nesting dolls, to reach the essence of their sensibilities, their universal appeal in a family portrait that is altogether surprising. Waves of sensations wash over us, provoking feelings of vertigo that are so inevitable when plumbing the mysteries of the self or questioning our own individual freedom. Moving away from theatrical codes, this work confronts the, if not true, at least likely, idea of who we are and our vulnerable and ever-changing perception of reality.

  • Bouge de là

    Bouge de là has adopted a creative means of introducing children to the world of choreography, thus making dance accessible to them. With a contemporary approach that blends together various art forms, the company presents dance performances that are playful and topical. The choreographer Hélène Langevin, ensures that the interdisciplinary nature of the experience will be long remembered and will appeal to their artistic sense and their imagination. Bouge de là has eight works in its repertoire including the latest shows The Studio (2010), Bedtime! (2013), The 26 Letter Dance (2016), Through My Eyes (2018). Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has received several awards and nominations including The Studio, Bedtime! and The 26 Letter Dance for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production. In 2013 Bouge de là was among the finalists in the category Touring Artistic Company of the Year at the BC Touring Council.

    • Ô lit!
      • Photo: Rolline Laporte
      • Illustration: Manon Gauthier

      • Illustration: Manon Gauthier

      • Illustration: Manon Gauthier

      A bed is more than a simple piece of furniture. It is a place, an area used for different purposes. You can go there to sleep or escape from the world. You can keep others out or share it. You can be born in one or die in one. It is the scene for much drama and joy.

      In her new work, Ô lit!, choreographer Hélène Langevin revisits this special place and gives this common object new life. A bed is the main focus of this piece, around which babies, children and adolescents have all kinds of experiences. A fantastic story told across numerous tableaux in which sung voices, live percussion and shadow puppets unite with dance to create an artistic experience that will keep young audiences riveted.

  • Fondation de danse Margie Gillis

    At the time of its creation in 1981, the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation strived to manifest in dance a vision of the human condition. Margie portrays our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. She celebrates our hopes and the power of creation and healing.

    Margie Gillis is an Honorary Cultural Ambassador for both the Quebec and Canadian governments. In 1988, she was the first modern dance artist to be awarded the Order of Canada. In 2001, she received a Career Grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her exceptional contribution to Quebec culture. In the fall of 2008, Margie Gillis was chosen by the Stella Adler Studio of New York to receive their first MAD Spirit Award for her involvement in various social causes, and she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts by a jury of her peers at the Canada Council for the Arts. In June of 2009, Margie Gillis was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. In May 2011, she received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation. In July 2013, she was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Internationally acclaimed modern dancer/choreographer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years. Her repertoire now includes more than one hundred pieces, which she performs as solos, duets and group pieces. Over the years, Margie Gillis has won over loyal audiences with her masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul. Relentlessly, she continues to develop her work through experimenting, teaching and creating.

    • The Light Between
      • Margie Gillis; Marc Daigle.

        Photo: Michael Slobodian
      • Margie Gillis

        Photo: Tony V. Hauser
      • Margie Gillis

        Photo: Michael Slobodian
      • Margie Gillis, Marc Daigle, Paola Styron

        Photo: Michael Slobodian

      The gestation period for The Light Between corresponds to a lifelong artistic quest. When they first met over 25 years ago, choreographer Margie Gillis and painter-sculptor Randal Newman unknowingly set the foundation for this work like two sowers casting seeds in a fertile field… This project blends into the language of choreography the sculptural and pictorial elements evocative of the dancer’s body. It never ceased to evolve in order to highlight the vulnerability that all artistic research inevitably requires. The two artists are now reunited along with collaborators Marc Daigle and Paola Styron to reap the fruits of their creation.

  • Out Innerspace Dance Theatre

    Led by David Raymond & Tiffany Tregarthen, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre pushes beyond traditional aesthetics and forms with unreserved ingenuity to create innovative and accessible dance works. After meeting in 2004, David and Tiffany’s collaboration garnered opportunities to research, create and perform in Europe during a two year residency centred in Belgium.

    Upon returning to Vancouver in 2007 they formed Out Innerspace Dance Theatre as the forum for their practice. Alongside their creations they direct a contemporary dance education initiative for young emerging professionals that successfully bridges exciting and diverse dancers with Vancouver’s professional dance community.

    As directors, choreographers, performers and educators they are dedicated to further positioning the success of young dancers and the development of contemporary dance in Canada with a long-term vision to become a reputable fixture in Canadian Contemporary Dance.

    • Me so you so me
      • David Raymond et Tiffany Tregarthen

        Photo: Wendy D
      • David Raymond et Tiffany Tregarthen

        Photo: Wendy D
      • David Raymond et Tiffany Tregarthen

        Photo: Wendy D

      Fueled by Japanese historical and pop culture, classical Indian tabla rhythms and cartoons, this new work reveals projections of the self through the eyes of a partner, through the dynamic of a couple and through the genre defying music of experimental Japanese percussionist Asa Chang.

      To see the full lenght video, go to this link and use this password duet2012