A major figure on the Quebec dance scene, Danièle Desnoyers is known for her ability to bring dance, visual arts and music together on stage. In 1989, she founded Le Carré des Lombes and since then she has been at the forefront of emerging new perspectives in dance in Quebec with pieces in which the scene and sound arrangements have a strong influence on the body’s vocabulary.
Her signature choreographic style crystalized in 1997 with Discordantia. Two years later, she began a trilogy comprised of Concerto grosso pour corps et surface métallique, Bataille (2002) and Duos pour corps et instruments, which was created in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal in 2003. The choreographer gave priority to movement in Dévorer le ciel in 2010. This new shift continued with the creation of Sous la peau, la nuit, which premiered at the Festival TransAmériques in Montréal in 2012. After that, she (re)created Duos pour corps et instruments, a pivotal work in her career, in 2014. The same year, thanks to the support of Danse Danse and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, she created a large-scale piece, Paradoxe Mélodie, for 10 dancers and a harpist, which premiered at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa. In spring 2016, she responded to an invitation from the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal to create Anatomie d’un souffle.
At the same time, she also created commission pieces for Staatstheater Mainz in Germany and for dancers Wendy Whelan and Ed Watson at the Royal Opera House in London, in coproduction with the New York City Center.
A professor in the Department of Dance at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, she helps train new generations of creators and sees her repertoire taught in Canada’s largest professional dance training institutions.
Danièle Desnoyers is a faculty member of UQAM’s Département de danse.
January 15 to 28, 2018 | Danièle Desnoyers is in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
February 5 to 24, 2018 | Creation residency in the studio Jeanne-Renaud, at Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique
September 3 to 22, 2018 | Creation residency at Montpellier Danse, in the studio Cunningham of the Agora
Photo: Anne Thériault in Duos pour corps et instruments © Sylvie-Ann Paré