La Chapelle premieres ‘Papillon’ October 29, adds online livestream

New dance piece to play in-person and online from October 29 – November 7

Montreal, October 15th, 2020 — The second Danse-Cité show of the season, PAPILLON, a new creation by Helen Simard, juxtaposes three solos and a live experimental soundtrack in a complex trio that explores the tenuous boundaries between order and disorder. 

The eight performances at La Chapelle Scènes Con-temporaines planned for October 28th to November 7th, 2020, were already sold out before the recent announcement closing the theatres. The show will finally open on October 29th at 7:30 p.m. If no restrictions due to the pandemic are announced, the performances will continue until November 7th. Stay tuned for possible additional performances.

Also, to fulfill its desire to reach a broader audience, Danse-Cité is inviting spectators of all stripes, young and old, to watch a live stream of the 60-minute piece on November 5th at 7:30 p.m., co-directed by Frédéric Baune and Helen Simard from the La Chapelle stage. Tickets at

Last March, Helen Simard and her team quickly readjusted their creative processes and threw themselves into the research of PAPILLON on Zoom. Now in the last stretch of creation, the work is woven through with all the restrictions required by the pandemic, but above all with all the possibilities that emerged from it. It was built on a shifting surface, in a changing and uncertain reality. The work is supported by three dancers and three musicians: Nindy Banks, Victoria Mackenzie and Mecdy Jean-Pierre, as well as Rémy Saminadin, Roger White and Ted Yates. This is no longer merely a show, but an entire process of adaptation and living. From the aridity of mandatory physical distancing, and the suddenly apparent lack of empathy in our society, PAPILLON emerges wings beating.

The concepts of repetition, fractals, strange attractors, feedback loops and spontaneous order – all constitutive elements of chaos theory – were sources of inspiration that oriented the composition of the three distinct but complementary solos and an improvised musical score. 

Like a puzzle, PAPILLON speaks of metamorphosis, the cyclical nature of the self – change, loss, grief, acceptance and growth – the strangeness that lives inside us, finding freedom in confinement, loneliness and togetherness, and the importance of human connection. The piece is a structured improvisation. The work brings together movement phrases, concepts, embodied states and poetic images. Starting from common movements, the initial material has been stretched and manipulated by each performer’s reinterpretation, bringing to light their singularity. 


Oct. 29. 30 > 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 1 > 2:00 p.m. + 7:30 p.m. 
Nov. 2. 6. 7 > 7:30 p.m. 
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
3700 Saint-Dominique, Montreal
Tickets : $20 to $30 | | 514 843-7738


Nov. 5 > 7:30 p.m. 
Co-directed by Frédéric Baune & Helen Simard, from the stage of La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Tickets : $6.50 |

Nindy Banks, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Victoria Mackenzie, Rémy Saminadin, Roger White, Ted Yates

Roger White musical direction | Jody Burkholder sound engineer | Robin Fisher set design | Stéphanie Fromentin rehearsal direction | Hannah Kirby technical direction and lighting design | Alexandra Landé artistic consultant | Mathieu Leroux dramaturgy | Nalo Soyini Bruce costumes

Danse-Cité and Créations Interdisciplinaires We All Fall Down

Centre de création O Vertigo, Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, in collaboration with Diffusion Hector-Charland, Danse à la Carte, La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Canada Council for the Arts, 
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 
Conseil des arts de Montréal

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