Agora de la danse announces 2019 winter season

Programming includes contemporary works in dance and interdisciplinary theatre

Deux squelettes

Priscilla Guy + Sébastien Provencher
January 30 > February 2, 2019

Two skeletons in a gym. Two skeletons being interviewed. Two skeletons at the beach. In a series of tragicomic tableaux that sway between theatre and dance, discover two artists, stripped of their mortal coil, delving deep as they get to the bottom of things. Between popular culture and the excesses of the Web, they try to find meaning in their lives. An improbable existential quest and absolutely hilarious!

Production Mandoline Hybride Creation and performance Priscilla Guy, Sébastien Provencher Actor Renaud Paradis Musicians Hugo Bégin, Renaud Gratton, Philip Hornsey, Benoit Paradis Sound Design Michel F. Côté with classical compositions from Maurice-G. Du Berger Text Dany Boudreault Rehearsal Director Emilie Morin Artistic Advisor Anne Thériault Lighting Design Hugo Dalphond Technical Director Samuel Thériault Creative Residencies Agora de la danse, La Chapelle – Scènes Contemporaines, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Théâtre Hector-Charland/Centre d’arts Diane Dufresne// Presented in French with English surtitles // Video here // More info here

Not Quite Midnight

Cas Public
February 9, 2019 / Show for families / Family Prices (+ School Matinées from February 6 to 8)

Cas Public invokes the magic of Cinderella. This new piece for six dancers pays tribute to the soul and spirit that help us overcome hardship, surpass our limits and find fulfillment. Well-versed in the art of interpreting great classical works, here the company proposes a new way of being enchanted and touched by the lyrical and poetic power of this masterpiece, so emblematic of our collective

Company Cas Public Choreography Hélène Blackburn Performers Alexander Ellison, Cai Glover, Robert Guy, Daphnée Laurendeau, Carson McDougall, Danny Morissette Music Martin Tétreault Scenography and lighting Emilie B-Beaulieu, Hélène Blackburn Dramaturgy consultant Sophie Lesort Videos Les enfants lumière – Galton Célestin et Camille Blackburn Photos Claudia Chan Tak, Damian Siqueiros Assistant choreographer Tina Beyeler Assistant choreographer Marq Frerichs Creative assistant Adrianne Bélanger, Nicolas Boivin Dance Coach Vagg/Spiral Fitness Costumes Michael Slack Technical Director Emilie B-Beaulieu Co-producers Agora de la danse, Teatro Cucinelli de Solomeo, Ville d’Alma SPECTACLES Creative Residencies Agora de la danse, Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Maison de la Culture Mercier, University of Kent à Canterbury, Teatro Cucinelli de Solomeo // Video here // More info here


Ismaël Mouaraki
March, 13 > 16, 2019 (+ School Matinées March 15)

In Phenomena, Ismaël Mouaraki questions the evolution of mankind, given the seemingly infinite possibilities of amplification and transcendence that exist in our digital world of augmented realities dominated by artificial intelligence. The dancer’s bodies become hybrids in a space under tension, connected by a flow of data, always increasing in speed and power, offering a glimpse at the upheaval within.

Company Destins Croisés Choreography Ismaël Mouaraki Performers Audrey Bergeron, Geneviève Boulet, Félix Cossette Levasseur, José Flores, Geneviève Gagné Music Antoine Berthiaume Dramarturgy Consultant Estelle Clareton Rehearsal Director Annie Gagnon Scénography and lighting David-Alexandre Chabot, Paul Chambers Costumes Sarah Dubé Technical Director Olivier Chopinet Creative Residencies Agora de la danse, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, MAI, montréal arts interculturels // Video here // More info here


Wen Wei Wang
March 20 > 23, 2019

Nationality, mother tongue, sexual orientation, etc. are all factors that can complicate an immigrant’s integration into a country where he does not speak the language and does not understand its culture or its codes. Dialogue decomposes linguistic and technological systems, from the most artificial to the most sophisticated, in an effort to understand universal communication – verbal or otherwise – and collective experience.

Company Wen Wei Dance Choreography Wen Wei Wang in collaboration with the performers Performers Justin Calvadores, Dario Dinuzzi, Ralph Escamillan, Andrew Haydock, Arash Khakpour, Alex Tam Sound Design Stefan Seslija Director Daniel O’Shea Lighting James Proudfoot Costumes Linda ChowCreative Residencies The Dance Centre, The Firehall Arts Centre // Performance presented by BELL // Video here // More info here


Helen Simard
April 10 > 13, 2019

From glory to decline, this dance concert extols as it deconstructs the myth of the rock star. Six dancers and three musicians distill from the recent times of the iconic punk rock figure Iggy Pop a universal essence, a reflective, frenzied and poetic portrayal of ageing and the mythologizing of the artist.

Choreography, staging and texts Helen Simard Performers Stacey Désilier, Stéphanie Fromentin, Justin Gionet, Sébastien Provencher, Sarah Williams, Angélique Willkie Performance and music Jackie Gallant, Roger White, Ted Yates Collaboration with staging, artistic support and texts Mathieu Leroux Rehearsal Director Victoria Mackenzie Sound Production Jody BurkholderCostumes Tereska Gesing Stage Management holly Greco Technical Direction and Lighting Design Benoit Larivière Creative Residencies Agora de la danse, Département de danse de l’UQAM, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Studio 303, Théâtre Mainline // Video here // More info here


Daina Ashbee
May 1 > 3, 2019

Pour toured extensively in 2017-2018: Paris, Marseille, Helsinki, Vancouver, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Bergen, Brussels. Back in Montreal, Daina Ashbee once again challenges the audience as she explores the strength and vulnerability of women, revealing the many forms of pain and sorrow they endure, a state of affairs that is little acknowledged.

Concept, Choreography and Set Design Daina Ashbee Performer Paige Culley Performer trainee Émilie Morin Sound Design Jean-François Blouin Lighting Design Hugo Dalphond Outside eyes Andrew Tay, Angélique Willkie Performers 2015 – 2016 Paige Culley, Stéphanie Fromentin, Clara Furey, Esther Gaudette, Émilie Morin Creative Residency La Chapelle – Scènes contemporaines Associate Producer CCOV / Daina Ashbee is an artist associated with Agora de la danse and the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV // Video here // More info here

Quadriptyque I-II-III

Corpuscule Danse
May 8 > 11, 2019

What if integrated dance expanded the perception and aesthetics of contemporary dance? That is the proposal explored in Quadriptyque by France Geoffroy, who for the past two decades has been presenting atypical works that include both able-bodied and handicapped dancers. Here are three works by Deborah Dunn, Lucie Grégoire and Benoît Lachambre.

Compagny Corpuscule Danse Artistic Direction France Geoffroy Choreography Deborah Dunn, Lucie Grégoire, Benoît Lachambre Performance Marie-Hélène Bellavance, Maxime D.-Pomerleau, Joannie Douville, France Geoffroy, Mélanie Labelle, Benoît Lachambre, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay Rehearsal Directors Annik Hamel, Katya Montaignac Lighting Lee Anholt Costumes Camille Thibeault // Video here // More info here


Over 25 years of Quebec dance, dynamic new works, exciting dance projects and interdisciplinary encounters make Agora de la danse a unique, exceptional arts centre.


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