Video interview

Interview with Mélanie Demers

Date
May 21, 2020
Director
Xavier Curnillon
Length
41 min 38
Production
FJPP and MAYDAY - Mélanie Demers
Animation
Angélique Willkie

“To create something greater than ourselves, we have to relinquish control.” The words of Mélanie Demers during an interview with Angélique Willkie about Danse Mutante. The initial collective impetus of this immense three-year project was challenged by the desire for individual expression of the three other choreographers involved.

The project transformed Mélanie as much as it transformed the dancers. A frank interview about the complexities, potential for misunderstanding and high stakes of co-creation.

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