Inspired by the winds of creativity, which blow in various places of the planet, MAYDAY creates singular works, testimonies of the free spirited qualities of its craftsmen and their concerns for contemporary issues. Since its creation in 2007, MAYDAY has chosen to be a place of exchange and reflection. MAYDAY multiplies its international collaborations and has already been invited to present across North America, Europe, Asia, as well as Africa.

In 2015, Mélanie Demers received the CALQ Prize for Best Choreographic Work in 2014-2015 for WOULD in the context of Les Prix de la danse.



Mélanie Demers is a choreographer, word lover, moviegoer and art addict established in Montreal where she founded the dance company MAYDAY in 2007.

Having studied literature and theatre, Mélanie Demers pursued her professional training as a dancer at LADMMI. She graduated in 1996 and started her career working with emerging choreographers before joining O Vertigo with whom she collaborated for nearly ten years. In parallel, she was already developing and building her craft as a creator.

Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries strengthened her beliefs that the role of art is to address political issues and to stimulate a debate of ideas. Les Angles Morts (2006), Sauver sa peau (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012), MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. And lately, WOULD (2015), won the CALQ Prize for best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. 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

In partnership with Suzie Larivée – La Tribu (France & Canada)



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