Danse mutante

Under the artistic direction of Mélanie Demers, Danse mutante is an ambitious choreographic project taking root in Montreal and spreading internationally; a project reinventing the concepts of collaboration and co-creation. Danse mutante is a duo performed by Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims destined to multiple mutations as it will pass through the hands of four female choreographers coming from three continents: Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako), Mélanie Demers (Montréal) 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 will be invited to create her own version of the piece by remixing, reinventing and corrupting its last version. At the end, all the mutations will be presented in Montreal and in the choreographers’ cities in a Marathon event orchestrated by Mélanie Demers.

Danse Mutante | Teaser from MAYDAY  /  Mélanie Demers on Vimeo.


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

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

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Residency at Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montreal, Canada)
Original Version by Mélanie Demers
MAY 25
Presentation of the original version as part of OFFTA 2018
Residency in New York (United States) – first part
Creation of the Mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young
AUGUST 25-26
Presentation of the Original Version as part of the Festival B-Motion (Bassano del Grappa, Italy)
Residency at Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal, Canada) – second part
Creation of the Mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young
Residency at the Centre culturel Donko Seko (Bamako, Mali)
Creation of the Mutation 2 by Kettly Noël
Residency at the Theaterfestival Boulevard (’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
Creation of the Mutation 3 by Ann Van den Broek – venues to be confirmed .
Presentation of the Marathon event in Montreal, Canada
Presentation of the Marathon event at Dense Bamako Danse (Bamako, Mali)

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.

MAYDAY is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

Member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique and Art Circulation
Associate company at Agora de la danse
In artistic collaboration with the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea/Operaestate Festival