La Chapelle presents Manuel Roque’s “Sierranevada” Feb. 1-3

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines is very pleased to welcome once again dancer Manuel Roque, who will present his latest creation SIERRANEVADA on February 1, 2 and 3.

Originally scheduled to be at the Festival TransAmérique in May 2020, the premiere of this much-anticipated show will now be presented at La Chapelle. Known for the strength and power of his performances, Roque is a vital part of the contemporary dance scene in Montreal. He signs his fifth creation with SIERRANEVADA. This new solo is an act of resistance against what Naomi Klein calls “the colonization of our imaginations by neo-liberalism”. His goal is to de- or rebuild a world that would better respond to our aspirations, both intimate and universal. 

The premiere is scheduled for Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Please note that the performance on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 will be followed by a talkback with the artist.

Inspired by new science theory called “collapsology”, Sierranevada is intended as a minimalist kinesthetic exercise. The demanding choreographic score leads to a journey reflecting on control and knowing to let go. It echoes the multiple mutations that are constructing and deconstructing the possibilities of a world in the making.


Manuel Roque was first noticed as a performer with major Quebec choreographers such as Marie Chouinard, Sylvain Émard and Daniel Léveillé, but it is truly with his first solo, Raw-me (2010) presented at Festival Vue sur la relève and at OFFTA, that he will make his mark. Afterwards, performances follow one another:  the duo Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde (2012) and the project In Situ (2014) will propel him internationally the same year. Drawing its inspiration from the mutation of matter, the performance is presented at Usine C, then at the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) in 2015 and in several other cities in Europe and Canada. Following his success, he then participated in Migrant Bodies, a project carried by several Canadian and European partners, where he created Matière Noire (2015). Other creations followed: Aurora (2015) for the graduating class of the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, 4-OR (2015) presented at Tangente, then bang bang, a solo that toured internationally for which he received the prize for Best Choreography, awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Dancer Prize at the Prix de la danse de Montréal for his unforgettable performance. 

Creation and Performance Manuel Roque Co-creation Marilène Bastien, Sophie Corriveau, Lucie Vigneault Soundtrack Manuel Roque Technical Direction / Production Judith Allen.

Production Cie Manuel Roque Co-production Festival TransAmériques, Les Brigittines, La Rotonde, L’Agora de la danse, Atelier de Paris CDCN With the support of La Briquetterie, La Rotonde, Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, the scheduled performances are subject to change. Some shows scheduled in the 2020-2021 season may be presented in an alternative format from the traditional theatrical live performance. For the most recent updates, please visit

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