In parallel to his career as a performer for leading Quebec choreographers (Marie Chouinard, Sylvain Émard, Daniel Léveillé, etc.), Manuel Roque independently developed short choreographic forms. His first solo, RAW-me (2010), distinguished itself at Festival Vue sur la Relève and at the OFFTA. In 2012, he co-created with performer Lucie Vigneault the duo Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde. He then, in 2014, created In Situ, presented at Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts.
The same year, Manuel Roque created a solo that drew its inspiration from the mutations of matter. First presented at Usine C, Data was then performed in 2015 at Festival TransAmériques (FTA) and in many other cities around the world. Manuel Roque was invited to participate in Migrant Bodies, a research project initiated by Canadian and European partners, in the context of which he created Matière Noire (2015). Other creations followed: Aurora (2015) developed for the graduating class of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal; 4-OR (2015), presented at Tangente; and his most recent solo, bang bang, created in 2017 at Les Subsistances (Lyon). He won the Prix du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) pour la meilleure oeuvre chorégraphique of the 2016-2017 season as well as the Prix de la danse de Montréal, catégorie INTERPRÈTE (2017) for this latest work.
Manuel Roque is an associate creator at DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse, from which he receives development and touring support.
July to December 2018 | Six-month creative residency at the Studio du Québec à Paris [France]
Photo: Manuel Roque in bang bang © Marilène Bastien