Danse Mutante

Danse Mutante is a choreographic project taking root in Montreal and unfolding on three continents. After Mélanie Demers creates the original version, Cantique, the duo performed by Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims will be reinterpreted by choreographers Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) 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 is invited to create her own version of the piece by remixing, reinventing and corrupting as she pleases its last version.

The project will culminate in Montreal in the fall of 2019 with a marathon event.


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
Photos: Mathieu Doyon

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

Read the article Identity transformed


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.