Audio interview

FAIRE CORPS with Françoise Sullivan

Mandala Sitù Danse and Espace Perreault

A pioneer of dance in Quebec, Françoise Sullivan, painter, sculptor, performance artist and member of the Automatistes group, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 10, 2023.

Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, she talks about her love of poetry and her interest in the circle, a form she describes as mythical. She recalls her encounter with Paul-Émile Borduas and her formative years in New York in the late ’40s. She revisits her text “La danse et l’espoir”, published in 1948 in the manifesto Refus global, and looks back at some of her landmark choreographies: Dualité, Dédale, Danse dans la neige.


Ideation, animation, production: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard
Production support: Julien Sahuquillo
Research: Enora Rivière, Doris Grenier
Tribute letter: Daniel Soulières
With testimonials from: Andrée Martin, Ginette Boutin, Paul-André Fortier, Rober Racine, Ginette Laurin, Daniel Léveillé
Editing: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, Louis Dufort, Jean-François Roy
Original music: Louis Dufort
Storytelling: Éric Robidoux, Marie-Michelle Borduas
Sound: Tayaout-Nicolas, Xavier Madore
Archives: Société Radio-Canada
Photo: Denis Dulude
Graphics: Denis Dulude
Video: La conserve média

FAIRE CORPS was made possible thanks to the invaluable support of the Quebec government and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thanks to Télé-Québec’s Fabrique culturelle.

Thanks to Espace Perreault Choreographic transmission and the Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren. Marie-Gabrielle thanks Louis Dufort, Denis Dulude, Xavier Madore, Anne-Marie Garand, Tayaout-Nicolas, Jean-François Roy, Julien Sahuquillo, Francis Leduc, Guylaine Bombardier, Stéphanie Gagnon, Enora Rivière, Sandrine Deschênes, Katia-Marie Germain, Olivier Desjardins, Sophie Pelletier, Sébastien Roldan, Amélie Bruneau-Longpré, Camille Sabbagh, Justine Latour, Doris Grenier and Michel Ménard.



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