Audio interview

FAIRE CORPS with José Navas

Novembre 15, 2023
Mandala Sitù Danse and Espace Perreault

Originally from Venezuela, José Navas has been dancing and choreographing for 40 years. He learned English and French in the rehearsal studios.

Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, he recounts his formative years in Caracas and New York, and the influence on him of feminists Susan Sontag, Simone de Beauvoir and Frida Kahlo. He talks about his interest in the works of Federico García Lorca and Gabriel García Márquez, as well as his idols, choreographers Isadora Duncan, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch. Forever engraved in his memory is the moment when he performed Le Sacre du printemps solo with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.




Ideation, animation, production: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard
Production support: Julien Sahuquillo
Research: Sandrine Deschênes, Doris Grenier
Tribute letter: Jamie Wright
With testimonials from: Andrée Martin, David Rancourt, François Richard, Daniel Soulières, Alex MacSween
Editing: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, Louis Dufort, Jean-François Roy
Original music: Louis Dufort
Storytelling: Éric Robidoux, Marie-Michelle Borduas
Sound: Tayaout-Nicolas, Xavier Madore, Maxime Pelletier-Huot
Archives: Société Radio-Canada
Photo: Denis Dulude
Visual: 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



FAIRE CORPS | An audio series in 7 episodes José NAVAS, Françoise SULLIVAN, Margie GILLIS, Manon OLIGNY, Daniel LÉVEILLÉ, Mélanie DEMERS, Marie CHOUINARD: seven choreographers who have shaped quebec contemporary dance, enabling it to shine at here and abroad. These unconventional creators have inspired countless...


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