MAYDAY/Mélanie Demers

MAYDAY has chosen to be a place of exchange and reflection for the artists working with Mélanie Demers. Their personalities are both dazzling and eclectic, and they contribute to the maturation of the work, which is always a collective process. The physicality, rhythm and images used in the choreographies are characteristic elements of MAYDAY’s works, which find their meaning when encountering with the public. Since its creation in 2007, the company develops international collaborations and has been presented in America, Europe, Asia and Africa.


A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in 2007 her dance company MAYDAY, where she explores the strong connexions between poetics and politics. She builds her work from this perspective. For WOULD (2015), she received the prestigious CALQ Prize for best choreography of the 2014-2015 season. While her two recent creations, Animal Triste (2016) and Icône Pop (2016), are touring the world, Mélanie Demers devises with Danse Mutante (2019) a choreographic project taking root in Montreal and unfolding on three continents. After creating the original version presented as part of the 2018 OFFTA, this duo will be reinterpreted by choreographers Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam), with each iteration resulting in a permutation of the previous version. The project will culminate in Montreal in the fall of 2019. MAYDAY is also currently working on new group creation, which will premiere in 2020.

To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

Inside Art Circulation’s portfolio: Animal triste | Icône PopWould | Danse Mutante


MAYDAY/Mélanie Demers : Local 100, édifice Jean-Pierre-Perreault 2022, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal (Qc) H2K 1B9 Canada | | +1 514 647-4421

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