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.

Choreographers : Mélanie Demers (Montréal), Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako),  Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp /Rotterdam)
Performers : Francis Ducharme, Riley Sims
Music : Mykalle Bielinski
Lighting design : Alexandre Pilon-Guay


Residency at Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montreal, Canada)
Original Version by Mélanie Demers
Residency in New York (United States) – first part
Creation of the Mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young
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)