Animal triste

In the great march of the world, humans are nothing more than sad little animals. But animals that console themselves in beauty and in desire for immortality. For this, men will invent religions, philosophies and civilizations. They will conquer, dominate, oppress. And procreate. They will make up stories and write History. But very rarely will they understand where they stand and never really escape their condition. And deep down, men are those animals of no significance who only aspire to more and better.

Animal Triste is a kind of freeze frame, an attempt to understand nature and the role of mankind in all its humanity.


Direction and choreography: Mélanie Demers
On stage: Marc Boivin, Riley Sims, James Gnam/Francis Ducharme, Brianna Lombardo/Chi Long
Rehearsal Director: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Dramaturge: Angélique Willkie
Lighting: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Original Score: Jacques Poulin-Denis and Antoine Berthiaume

Coproduction: Canada Dance Festival

Promotion: Art Circulation

Photo credits: Mathieu Doyon

Choreographer: Mélanie Demers

A production of MAYDAY


–          World premiere | June 2016 – Festival Danse Canada (Ottawa, Canada)

–          Montréal Premiere | February 2017 – Agora de la danse (Montréal, Canada)

–          August 2017 – Festival B.Motion (Bassano del Grappa, Italie)

–          October 2017 – Scotiabank Dance Centre (Vancouver, Canada)

–          March 2018 – Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

–         March 2019 – Marseille (France) / Stockholm (Sweden)