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.



Danse Mutante [2019] (original version)
May 25, 2018 | OFFTA 2018 | Montréal [Québec]

Icône Pop [2016]
January 24 to 27, 2018 | Agora de la danse | Montréal [Québec]
May 17 and 19 2018 | Port-au-Prince art performance | Port-au-Prince [Haiti]

Animal Triste [2016]
March 7, 2018 | Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro  [Brazil]


Winter 2018
– École supérieure de théâtre de l’Université du Québec à Montréal – Course Processus de création selon MAYDAY | Public presentation on April 18, 2018
 Creation at École de danse de Québec | Public presentations of ERREUR 404 on May 11 and 12, 2018 by the final year students
– Mélanie Demers is a guest choreographer at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal | Remounting of La Meute – public presentations from May 23 to 26, 2018, by the graduating students

Other activity

May 10, 2018 | Plancher Ouvert, Benefit Gala


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