Danse Mutante

Danse Mutante is a choreographic project taking root in Montreal and unfolding on three continents. After Mélanie Demers creates the original version, Cantique, the duo performed by Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims will be reinterpreted by choreographers Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam). According to a set of parameters (working with two performers, a limited period of creation, duration, etc.), each choreographer is invited to create her own version of the piece by remixing, reinventing and corrupting as she pleases its last version.

The project will culminate in Montreal in the fall of 2019 with a marathon event.


Original version
Concept: Mélanie Demers

Choreography: Mélanie Demers in collaboration with the performers
Performed by: Francis Ducharme, Riley Sims
Lighting Design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Music: Mykalle Bielinksi
Rehearsal Direction: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Sound Design: Olivier Girouard, David Blouin
Technical Direction: Julien Veronneau
Photos: Mathieu Doyon

Choreographers : Mélanie Demers (Montréal), Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako),  Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp /Rotterdam)

Read the article Identity transformed



January / Residency at the Centre culturel Donko Seko, Creation of the Mutation 2 by Kettly Noël / Bamako, Mali
May 4 / Presentation at Zürich Tanzt Festival / Zürich, Swiss
August 5 – 9 / Residency at the Theaterfestival Boulevard / ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
August 12 – 23 / Creation of the Mutation 3 by Ann Van den Broek at cultuurcentrum Berchem / Antwerp, Belgium
August 26 – 30 / Residency at the Theater Rotterdam / Rotterdam, Netherlands
September 2 – 13 / Residency at Agora de la danse / Montréal, Canada
September 17 – 21 / Presentation of the Marathon event at Agora de la danse / Montréal, Canada
November / Presentation of the Marathon event at Dense Bamako Danse / Bamako, Mali
November 26 – 29 / Presentation at Parcours Danse / Montréal, 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.