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.



Icône Pop [2016]
January 24 to 27, 2018 | Agora de la danse | Montréal [Québec]

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
Winter 2018 | Mélanie Demers is invited as a guest choreographer at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and at École de danse de Québec for two recreations of works from MAYDAY’s repertoire.


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