Artistic Director: Mélanie Demers 
Member since: 2012

A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in Montreal her own dance company, MAYDAY, in 2007. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries challenged her understanding of the role of art in society. Addressing political issues in a poetic form, Les Angles Morts (2006), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012), MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. And lately, WOULD (2015), won the CALQ Prize for Best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creation cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring internationally. Last August, Icône Pop was awarded the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation by Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. Recently, she was invited to work as a guest choreographer at the Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) for the creation of Something About Wilderness, and at OperaEstate in Bassano. To date, she choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.


July 2018 | Residency in New York for the creation of Danse Mutante‘s mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young – first part
September 2018 | First research period for the New creation 2020
December 2018 | Residency at Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique for the creation of Danse Mutante‘s mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young – second part


Danse Mutante [2019] (original version)
August 25 and 26, 2018 | Festival B.Motion | Bassano del Grappa [Italy]
November 16, 2018 | Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique – Studio Jeanne-Renaud | Montréal [Québec]
May 4, 2019 | Zürich Tanzt | Zürich [Switzerland]
June 2, 2019| OFF-FTA of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique | Montréal [Québec]

WOULD [2014]
November 5, 2018 | Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Salle Émile-Legault | Montréal [Québec]
November 6, 2018 | Maison de la culture Rosemont – La-Petite-Patrie, Salle Jean-Eudes | Montréal [Québec]
November 8, 2018 | Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord | Montréal [Québec]
November 9, 2018 | Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal | Montréal [Québec]
November 28, 2018 | Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée | Montréal [Québec]
November 29, 2018 | Centre culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce | Montréal [Québec]

Animal Triste [2017]
November 13, 2018 | Maison de la culture Frontenac | Montréal [Québec]
March 8 and 9, 2019 | Dansens Hus | Stockholm [Sweden]
March 13, 2019 | KLAP | Marseille [France]
April 11, 12 and 13, 2019 | Harbourfront center | Toronto [Canada]
April 13, 2019 | Master class with Mélanie Demers | Harbourfront center | Toronto [Canada]

Icône Pop [2016]
March 15, 2019 | Festival Signes de Printemps | Paris [France]



Photo: Brianna Lombardo and Riley Sims in Animal Triste © Mathieu Doyon