December 3 – 7, 2018 | 9:30 am – 1 pm

Mélanie Demers’ creative workshop is designed in a way to create a territory where real meetings are possible. Tailored according to the context, the moment and the needs of the group, but above all developed with the dancers, it becomes a laboratory to experiment and risk in a safe environment. Exploring the politic and poetic roles of creation in everyday life, dance becomes a suitable playground for artists to explore “inner mythology” and develop a creative process that comes from inside and reflects on the outside.

Each session normally starts with a discussion then continues in a physical application of the concerns raised by the discussion. Soon, guided improvisations take over and the process is set in motion. The sessions are conducted in a spirit of community and shared experiences.

The workshop addresses the importance of the individual responsibility of the artists to connect with their creative potential, and dwells on the beauty of dance’s cathartic phenomenon in order to free and to appropriate the movement and the discourse of a work.


A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in Montreal her own dance company in 2007, MAYDAY, where she explores the strong connections between politics and poetics. She created Les Angles Morts (2006), Sense of Self (2008), Junkyard/Paradise (2010), Goodbye (2012) and MAYDAY remix (2014). Lately, WOULD (2015) won the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s Prize for best choreography of the 2014-2015 season. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creation cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring around the world. To date, she choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.


December 3 – 7, 2018 | 9:30 am – 1 pm
$70 /worksop | Studio Peter-Boneham
With the financial support of Emploi-Québec
[To access this rate, the participants have to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada and currently residing in Québec.]

REGISTRATION: info@circuit-est.qc.ca | 514 525-1569


Photo: Mélanie Demers © Antoine Caron / Maison pour la danse de Québec