Audio interview

FAIRE CORPS with Mélanie Demers

Novembre 29, 2023
Mandala Sitù Danse and Espace Perreault
Mélanie Demers, choreographer, performer and director, danced for 10 years with the O’Vertigo company before founding her own company, MAYDAY, in 2007.
Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, the performer who prefers problems to solutions talks on stage about her interest in hybridity, chaos and savagery. In her work, Mélanie Demers takes pleasure in hijacking the original meaning of things and the body in order to provoke reflection in the spectator and arouse emotion. She sharpens her creative intuition with three words: “combat, débat, ébat”. In 2021, she was awarded the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal. For her, the body on stage is always political and the bearer of a discourse.




Ideation, animation, production: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard
Production support: Julien Sahuquillo
Research: Katia-Marie Germain, Doris Grenier
Tribute letter: Marc Boivin
With testimonials from: Andrée Martin, Brianna Lombardo, Francis Ducharme, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Frannie Holder, Anne-Marie Jourdenais
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
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.



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