Danse Mutante

Danse Mutante is a choreographic relay anchored in Montreal and conceived over three continents. An original duo, Cantique, was created by Mélanie Demers. Then, three choreographers, Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam), each worked in succession with the performers (Riley Sims and Francis Ducharme) to produce their own version. Aside from a few parameters (only two performers, a limited creation period, length, etc.), each choreographer was given free rein to concoct her own mutation of the piece by remixing, reinventing, and distorting the last version handed to her. The project culminated in Montreal in the fall of 2019 with a marathon event.


Artistic direction : Mélanie Demers
Choreography: Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek, in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Francis Ducharme, Riley Sims
Dramaturgy: Angélique Willkie
Rehearsal director: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Assistant to the choreographer: Nik Rajšek (M3)
Lighting design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay (V0+M1+M2+M3), Ann Van den Broek (M3)
Technical director: Julien Veronneau
Sound mixing: David Blouin
Original music: Mykalle Bielinski (V0)
Sound environment: David Blouin (V0), Olivier Girouard (V0)
Author and composer: Tom Barman Live for the song Everybody’s weird (M3)
Sound advisor: Nicolas Rambouts (M3)
Costumes: Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek
Accessories: Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek, Max-Otto Fauteux
Filmmaker: Xavier Curnillon
Creation residencies: Centre de Création O Vertigo (V0), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (V0+M1+M2), Donko Seko (M2), cultuurcentrum Berchem (M3), Theater Rotterdam (M3), Agora de la danse (V0+M1+M2+M3)
Co-production: Agora de la danse, Theatrefestival Boulevard
Developed with the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund (NAC)
Video clips developed with the support of la Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

Read the article Identity transformed


September 17 -21 / Agora de la danse / Montreal, Canada
November 28 / Parcours Danse / Montreal, Canada

Partners: Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program, Agora de la danse
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.