Normal Desires is a creation halfway between dance and acrobatics that invites the viewer to sneak under the skin of the acrobat. On stage, a single figure lives a constant overflow, its contours disturbed by a kinetic ecstasy. Impact, flow, repeat, stress, compression, thrust, heat, vibration make us travel through a series of states and emotional spaces. Unusual forms emerge, at once carnal, rigorous and mesmerizing. Mobilizing not only the body, but also the powerful technologies of this theatrical space, Normal Desires shares a sensory experience of acrobatics, both subtle and intense.

Normal Desires  will be presented as part of the 37th season of Danse-Cité. 
November 22. 23. 24 + 27. 28. 29. 30 + December 1, 2018 
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 
A production of Danse-Cité in collaboration with Emile Pineault. With the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. 

Photo: Emile Pineault © Julien Brun


The Nutcracker is a piece for a dancer, a voice recorder, 4 speakers and 25 kg of walnuts. The nuts are used as material with a clear distinction between interior and exterior. The sound is used as a material without interior nor exterior. The body is the surface between the interior and the exterior. The body, the sound and the nuts will execute a series of dislocations and relocations, folding into each other in a process where sound will be a body and a performer of its own.

The Nutcracker | November, 12 – 14, 2018 | Théâtre la Chapelle

Photo: Maria Kefirova © Svetla Atanasova



La possibilité d’une tragédie is a performative piece that takes place in the heart of an oasis of plants. It consists of an immersive experience where the senses of the viewer (sight, hearing, smell) will be stimulated with the sound and scenic device. The sound is produced by the electric frequencies emitted by the plants and the performers manipulating them. Through the use of gardening, the piece explores the special relationship that develops between a creator and his/her idealized world, a world becoming an extension of his/her desires and emotions, and which can crumble at any moment.

La possibilité d'une tragédie | December 20, 2018 | Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal
La possibilité d'une tragédie | January 24 – 27, 2019 | Tangente

Photo: Amélie Rajotte © Nelly-Ève Rajotte 


Chambres is a research and creation project inspired by the works of the Franco-Algerian painter, Djamel Tatah. Within a stage device illuminated by a video projector, this project tackles the role of colour for its ability to suggest the loss of spatial and temporal references and to transform daily lives. With the simple act of folding and unfolding sheets as a starting point, it opens reflections about the relation with intimacy, memory and habits.

Photo: Katia-Marie Germain © Justine Latour 


In La théorie des ensembles-partie deux, a sighted performer and a blind performer travel in an in-between where the boundaries existing between states, spaces, poetics and animal, mineral and vegetal reigns are dismantled and recomposed.

Photo: Kaitlyn Ramsden




PERFORMER: the one who dances, the one who moves, who bends and curves, who bends over, who sweats... The one who warms up, who contracts, runs and throws himself. The one who questions, who assists, who receives, who follows, who expresses, who proposes, who sighs, who bites, who sings, who looks and who is looked at. The one who seeks, who believes, who inspires, who creates, who listens, who is listened to, who condemns, the one who affirms, who moves forward and who steps back, that one... The performer who commissions a choreographic research to three Montreal artists. The performer who commits to a process where, usually, he is less solicited. The performer who imposes his obsession for intimacy and for the meeting...

Photo: Nicolas Patry © Philippe Poirier

FOR FAUVE (Marilyn Daoust and Laurie-Anne Langis)

« & »: two solos, two hemispheres. At times vulnerable, sometimes strong, two women vacillate between authenticity and multiple layers of social construction. Their presence is rooted in magnetism, vibrations, automatic reflexes, interferences, and the tuning of oneself with the other. As they stand on the edge, the same mythical ocean that stands between them unites them.

« & » | November 8 – 11, 2018 | Tangente

Photo: Laurie-Anne Langis, Marilyn Daoust © Jules Bédard 




The first step of this creation will be the skeleton of a solo, choregraphed and performed by Charles Brecard. Taking inspiration from various concepts and reflections explored in a previous solo, the work will attempt to expose questionings about the human being, the duality which may exist between dementia and reason, and between sensibility and violence. Charles Brecard will work with Mélanie Demers to explore in depth his artistic world.

Photo: Charles Brecard © Stéphane Pilon


KOI explores the traditional and popular world of Asian carps through the meeting of dance with video-projection as a light source. On stage, five women turn into charming and contemplation objects. The movement generated by the light awakes their physicality. From this a powerful feminine and sensual force emerges, reminding the koi’s, the only fish who can swim up the yellow river’s falls to turn into a dragon. Claudia Chan Tak will be working under the mentorship of Alice Ronfard.

Photo : Claudia Chan Tak



Three dancers are invited to have complimentary access to all our activities. This year, our ten member companies offered a support for advanced training to Leïla Mailly while Circuit-Est gave one to Roxanne Dupuis and to Penélope Desjardins.

Photos: Leïla Mailly © Julie Artacho – Penélope Desjardins © Claudia Chan Tak – Roxanne Dupuis © Julie Artacho


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Photo: Emile Pineault © Romain Huck