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Choreographic toolkits

Joe Choreographic toolkit

Production
Presentation   A Choreographic toolkit gathers together everything that leads to the creation of a work and perpetuates its transmission. Joe Choreographic toolkit documents Joe, Jean-Pierre Perreault’s most famous work and one of the most influential in the Quebec choreographic repertoire.  Joe marked a turning...

Choreographic Toolkits BAGNE

Production
BAGNE is the centrepiece of a ten-year-plus collaboration between two Montreal-based choreographers and performers: Jeff Hall and Pierre-Paul Savoie. Graduates of the Department of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, where they met, they both had unique career trajectories: Jeff as a former Frisbee champion and...

Choreographic toolkit: Les Choses dernières

Production
Created in 1994 and loosely based on Paul Auster’s novel, In the Country of Last Things, this solo piece is the culmination of Lucie Grégoire’s tireless quest to understand identity. In 2016, Grégoire transmitted the work to Isabelle Poirier, another dancer renowned for her intensity,...

Choreographic toolkit: Cartes postales de Chimère

Production
With Cartes postales de Chimère, Louise Bédard made her mark in the dance world as both a dancer and choreographer, earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2015, she remounted the work, passing on her solo role to two reputed dancers ( Isabelle...

Choreographic toolkit: Duos pour corps et instruments

Production
In 2003, the choreographer Danièle Desnoyers was invited to create a work in residence at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The resulting Duos pour corps et instruments was performed by three of Montreal’s most renowned dancers: Sophie Corriveau, AnneBruce Falconer and Siôned Watkins. Ten...

Choreographic toolkit: Bras de plomb

Production
The solo Bras de plomb was created in 1993 out of an encounter between the dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier and artist Betty Goodwin. Out of these two artists’ obsession with the human body emerged this fascinating piece, a profound reflection on the human condition....

Focus days

Authorship in dance: multiple experiences

Production

During this focus day event, participants from the dance community explored different facets of authoriality. Among the topics discussed: How does this concept determine and/or influence the creative process? How do different cultures define authorship in dance and position themselves vis-à-vis this notion? How can…

Documentation of a dance and visual arts study day

Co-production

On January 11, 2019, the MACM held a study day on dance and the visual arts as part of its Françoise Sullivan exhibition. The event included three round table discussions with Lynda Gaudreau, Simon Grenier-Poirier, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, The Two Gullivers (Flutura and Besnik…

Documentation of Not Just Dance

Co-production

In this first collaboration with Nyata Nyata, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault edited video excerpts from the Not Just Dance Symposium, held at MAI Montreal, arts interculturels in December 2018.

Between Traces and Writing

Production

From May 15 to 18, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault invited the entire dance community to take part in the focus day series Between Traces and Writing.  Featuring round table discussions, conversations, performances and workshops, the event explored the themes of traces, notation, documentation, memory, body/archives…

Documentation of Constrained Body, Dancing Body

Co-production

From May 2 to 4, 2018 at Tangente, Ondinnok, Canada’s first francophone Indigenous theatre company, presented Constrained Body, Dancing Body: Conversations and performances around Indigenous dance in Quebec today, an event featuring shows, workshops, discussions and performances. The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault was proud to help…

Focus day on copyright and dance heritage

Production

How does the dance milieu approach copyright issues? How does copyright law influence the creation, performance, reproduction and distribution of choreographic works? To answer these questions, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault invited dance practitioners and legal experts to participate in a focus day on copyright and…

Presentations at Entretiens Jacques-Cartier

Production

In October 2014, Marc Boivin, Chair of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault; Lise Gagnon, Executive Director; and Anne Bénichou and Theresa Rowat, members of the board, participated in the 27th edition of the Entretiens Jacques-Cartier. Their papers are available for consultation here.

Documentation and the creative process

Espace Perreault get-togethers

Production

Espace Perreault get-togethers are 5 à 7 events that offer a warm, relaxed atmosphere to meet dance artists, ask them questions, and find out what drives them. Every 5 à 7 event is dedicated to a specific, shared challenge that is central to the creative…

Ancestral Memories in Dancing Bodies

Co-production

In early May 2018, Ondinnok, in collaboration with Tangente, presented Constrained Body, Dancing Body, an event offering multi-faceted perspectives on Indigenous dance in Quebec today. A few days later, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault held its focus day event, Between Traces and Writing. We invited Catherine…

Les archives du futur

Co-production

Les archives du futur is part of a vast curatorial project, linking the living arts and feminist thought. This multidisciplinary project takes shape through a collective research process leading to the writing of feminist art histories. This collective work will bring together the voices of…

Les dix commandements: Encounters (1998–2021)

Co-production

In 1998, Harold Rhéaume created his first major work, Les dix commandements, which examines complex issues related to the values and moral codes that hold a society together. His company, Le fils d’Adrien danse, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. To mark the occasion, it…

In My Body (work in progress)

Co-production

Yvon Soglo (a.k.a Crazy Smooth) is a choreographer and founder of the company Bboyizm. He is also currently an artist in the long-term residency program at the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, which provides support and access to its creation studio. Bboyizm has…

Moving through the archive

Co-production

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault participated in the project Se mouvoir dans l’archive / Moving through the archive, a production by Galerie UQO with choreographer, dramaturg and dancer Hanna Sybille Müller. In the fall of 2019, director/curator Marie-Hélène Leblanc invited Hanna Sybille Müller to work with…

Pluriels

Co-production

Espace Perreault hosts on its website traces of the project Pluriels, a performative installation initiated by Mathide Loslier Pellerin, and supports its creative process.   An atmosphere of time; translated spaces.   Pluriels is a performative installation in progress that invites bodies to navigate space through…

UNFOLD | Une conférence dansée

CO-PRODUCTION

On November 21, 2019, at the Maison des arts de Laval, choreographer Danièle Desnoyers presented UNFOLD | Une conférence dansée, a collective performance inspired by the creative process behind the work UNFOLD | 7 perspectives. On stage, Danièle Desnoyers stands behind a table covered in creative notebooks…

An exploration of La Chute

Co-production

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault presented the creative process behind La Chute, a piece by the collective Vâtchik Danse, made up of choreographer and performer Nasim Lootij and dramaturg Kiasa Nazeran, both of Iranian origin. Drawing inspiration from traditional Iranian dance and a major cultural initiative…

Around Danse Mutante

Co-production

Danse mutante is a bold collective project that explores the mutation of a dance work, as well as ideas around transmission and performers’ authority and creative contribution. In the words of the project creator Mélanie Demers: “Danse Mutante is a duet performed by Francis Ducharme…

Territories of transmission

Co-production

During a rehearsal for the piece Territoires, presented at Agora de la danse in October 2018, Lise Gagnon, executive director of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, caught up with choreographer Lucie Grégoire and performers Kim Henry, Isabelle Poirier and James Viveiros, who talked about the joy…

Video clips: the recreation of Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser

Co-production

In the spring of 2018, maribé – sors de ce corps recreated the piece Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Choreographer Marie Béland reassembled her original team: Dany Desjardins, Zoey Gauld, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Anne Thériault and MC Gilles….

Quand le dessin devient performance by The Two Gullivers

Production

On April 1, 2015, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault invited artists and performance art researchers The Two Gullivers to create a work inspired by the Jean-Pierre Perreault archive.  Quand le dessin devient performance is a “performative archive” in which the two artists intersect with professional dancers,…

Transmission

Transmission de solos

Co-production

Re-creation and creation of solos by Louise Bédard Danse compagny In the fall of 2020, five solos were reassembled for the camera in order to enhance the visual archives of Louise Bédard Danse. During this disruptive period when the situation of artists was undermined, the…

Victoria: how it all began

Co-production

Dulcinea Langfelder created Victoria in 1999—a dance piece about old age, vulnerability and cognitive decline. It has been presented in fifteen countries and eight languages, and is still available for touring today. To pay tribute to the work and the issues it raises, Dulcinea Langfelder…

The Legacy Project

Co-production

In June 2015, ten dance artists came to Quebec to take part in a period of reflection and experimentation around the Legacy Project, developed by the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation. For ten days, the participants explored Margie Gillis’ repertoire and unique methods of teaching. They…

Transmission of Perreault’s repertoire

Production

Since the late 1990s, Ginelle Chagnon (Jean-Pierre Perreault’s former rehearsal director) has transmitted the choreographer’s repertoire. Following Perreault’s passing, some works were remounted in Quebec and abroad, including Joe in 2004 and Les Ombres dans ta tête at the Ballet de Lorraine in 2008. In…

Dancer training

Territoires Partagés

Dissemination

Territoires Partagés (November 18 to May 2020) was a website designed to observe and document dance training practices in Quebec. The site included sections with texts, interviews, podcasts and visual documents highlighting multiple practices. It was an opportunity for artists to explore the dance ecosystem,…

En aparté

Dissemination

Each month, Espace Perreault posts a video from Circuit-Est’s En aparté series, where guest dance instructors describe their professional career and teaching approach in contemporary dance, within an international context.

Audio and video interviews

Les dix commandements: Encounters (1998–2021)

Co-production

In 1998, Harold Rhéaume created his first major work, Les dix commandements, which examines complex issues related to the values and moral codes that hold a society together. His company, Le fils d’Adrien danse, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. To mark the occasion, it…

Around Danse Mutante

Co-production

Danse mutante is a bold collective project that explores the mutation of a dance work, as well as ideas around transmission and performers’ authority and creative contribution. In the words of the project creator Mélanie Demers: “Danse Mutante is a duet performed by Francis Ducharme…

Reflecting on Dancers: Marc Béland and Alix Dufresne

Production

In March 2018, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault met up with dancer, actor and stage director Marc Béland, and stage director, author, choreographer and dancer Alix Dufresne. Lise Gagnon invited them to reflect on Dancers, a co-creation by Catalan artist Sonia Gómez and Marc Béland in…

Video clips: the recreation of Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser

Co-production

In the spring of 2018, maribé – sors de ce corps recreated the piece Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Choreographer Marie Béland reassembled her original team: Dany Desjardins, Zoey Gauld, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Anne Thériault and MC Gilles….

Dance as a way of being in the world – Olivia Grandville

Production

Olivia Grandville, a choreographer, teacher and improvisor based in Paris, founded the company La spirale de Caroline, along with several collaborators. The co-founder of Les Carnets Bagouet talked to us about issues related to preserving and transmitting dance works. She also talked about differences, dance…

Portraits croisés

Dissemination

Following the intergenerational collaborations that gave rise to the work Pluton, La 2e Porte à Gauche imagined a series of portraits produced by Claudia Chan Tak with the help of Katya Montaignac. Major figures in Quebec contemporary dance are presented through the gaze of contemporary…

Publications

Ancestral Memories in Dancing Bodies

Publication
Ancestral Memories in Dancing Bodies is a publication that emerged from a workshop about ancestral memories conducted in May 2021 by Catherine Joncas. The booklet offers reflections and excerpts from the notebook entries of Claudia Chan Tak, Lucy Fandel, Charo Foo Tai Wei, Lise Gagnon, Catherine...

Mémoires des corps entravés et des corps dansants (In French)

Publication

Life is full of surprises and beautiful stories. During the winter of 2021, artist and illustrator Youloune was exploring our website when she came across the video recordings of the event held by Ondinnok: Constrained Body, Dancing Body, Conversations and performances on Indigenous dance in…

Openings: Perspectives on Choreographic Toolkits and Documentation in Dance

Publication

For Openings, Lise Gagnon invited close to 20 dance practitioners—dancers, choreographers and researchers—to examine the Espace Perreault’s choreographic toolkits from a meta perspective by opening them, interrogating them and unpacking them, in order to view them from different angles and explore their immense potential.

La danse de Hanako  –  Hanako’s Dance

Publication

This fanzine invites you to follow the traces of a ghost-like dance. The dance by Hanako Hoshimi-Caines was performed before a select few, and was not filmed or photographed. Yet its sensory content was methodically captured in this multi-authored work.    

Bien documenter pour favoriser la découverte en ligne

Publication

(in French) This guide offers dance practitioners a method and tools to map our digital ecosystem, better preserve dance’s digital traces, represent information in the form of metadata, and understand what is required to relate these metadata to the Web of culture.  

Blanc Mémoire

Publication

(in French) Quebec choreographer and teacher Manon Hotte, currently based in Geneva, presents the creative process behind Blanc Mémoire—an archival installation she co-created with Swiss photographer and stage director Dorothée Thébert.  

Brief: Documentation, valorisation et transmission des patrimoines de la danse contemporaine et actuelle au Québec : Enjeux actuels

Publication

(in French) The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault submitted a brief to the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec as part of a public consultation on the renewal of Quebec’s cultural policy. The brief highlighted issues related to preserving and transmitting our contemporary dance…

L’INVISIBLE VISIBLE

Publication

(in French) L’INVISIBLE VISIBLE – Transmission d’outils d’interprétation en danse, by  Sylvie Pinard is a guide to discovering one’s expressive body. The book offers a comprehensive training program for dancers and teachers, based on a synthesis of her various discoveries and teaching approaches as both a Laban analyst and…

BAnQ’s Dance Archive Guide

Publication

(in French) This guide, published by BAnQ, sets out a classification system and conservation schedule adapted to dance organizations.    

Artistic Legacy Guide: Le Testament Artistique

Publication

(in French) Written by Me Sophie Préfontaine, this guide is intended to assist dance artists in writing their will and understanding issues related to their legacy. It provides crucial information on artistic legacies at a time when the dance community itself is considering the question…

Articles

Bras de plomb de Paul-André Fortier activé dans l’initiative MAGDANCE 5 art + dance + archive de la Mackenzie Art Gallery

Article

For more information visit the French version of this article: https://espaceperreault.ca/fr/collection/bras-de-plomb-de-paul-andre-fortier-active-dans-linitiative-magdance-5-art-dance-archive-de-la-mackenzie-art-gallery/

Fabulations à propos des solos de Louise Bédard (in French)

Article
Photo above: Guylaine Massoutre and Louise Bédard during a get-together about the recreation of solos that inspired the writing of this text. For a completely fresh way into Louise Bédard’s world, a Guylaine Massoutre’s lovely essay which “ties” her series of solos to the long...

Bertrand Chénier and Jean-Pierre Perreault: Partners in creation (In French)

Interview

An interview of composer Bertrand Chenier by essayist Guylaine Massoutre on his relationship with choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault. For more information, visit the French version of this article: Bertrand Chénier et Jean-Pierre Perreault : Partenaires en création

Reprises, créations, passations : les parcours chorégraphiques de Louise Bédard (in French)

Article

For more information, visit the French version of this article: https://espaceperreault.ca/fr/collection/reprises-creations-passations-les-parcours-choregraphiques-de-louise-bedard/

Raphaël Cottin: choreographing documentation (in French)

Article, Interview

Au printemps 2020, le chorégraphe français Raphaël Cottin s’est entretenu avec Lise Gagnon, directrice de la Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault à propos de sa démarche de création et de ses productions récentes.

Tangente: 307 St. Catherine Street W

Publication, Article

Discover Tangente’s second location, at 307 St. Catherine Street West

Dance and digital technologies

Dance in Quebec: Boosting the Discoverability of Digital Content

Production

The project Dance in Quebec: Boosting the Discoverability of Digital Content aimed to promote the discoverability of dance works and artists, and to develop digital literacy and skills within the dance community. Consultant Josée Plamondon, who specializes in data retrieval systems, helped us build our…

Virtual exhibitions and websites

Sismography Recording the injuries, grief, and perils of dance

Co-production
Sismography is a collaborative platform that is a home to the stories of dancers. It is a sensitive archive of the subtle tremors and deep shudders that have marked their practice and that often remain taboo: physical and psychological injuries, illness, conditions, and disabilities that can impede, prevent,...

Educational Discovery Guide

Co-production
The virtual exhibition Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer features an educational discovery guide created for high school students and teachers by Nicole Turcotte, Visiting Professor at UQAM’s Dance Department. A series of new dance appreciation and movement creation activities were added to the guide to deepen students’...

Virtual exhibition Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer

Production

The virtual exhibition Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer, directed by Ginelle Chagnon, reveals the world of Jean-Pierre Perreault, tracing his personal and artistic journey.  Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer gives online visitors an opportunity to explore Perreault’s rich choreographic legacy, in both official languages. The exhibition features 15 major…

Outreach activities

Danser Joe

Co-production

Since 2013, the workshops for dancers and non-dancers created by Ginelle Chagnon have helped revive Jean-Pierre Perreault’s choreographic repertoire throughout Quebec. The Danser Joe workshops, which are designed for amateur dancers and high school students through the Culture-Education directory, allow participants of all ages to immerse…

Experiencing the Repertoire of Jean-Pierre Perreault

CO-PRODUCTION

Building on the success of the Vivre Joe workshops, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Agora de la danse developed this second series of workshops around Perreault’s repertoire. Participants immersed themselves in Perreault’s world, performing sequences from Eironos, L’Exil-L’Oubli, Piazza and La Vita. The workshops were…

Au cœur des œuvres de Louise Bédard

October 26, 2014 and November 2, 2014, Louise Bédard and Ginelle Chagnon gave the workshop Au cœur des œuvres de Louise Bédard, in which participants brought her repertoire to life in an intimate, hands-on experience.

Youth audiences

Educational Discovery Guide

Co-production
The virtual exhibition Jean-Pierre Perreault, choreographer features an educational discovery guide created for high school students and teachers by Nicole Turcotte, Visiting Professor at UQAM’s Dance Department. A series of new dance appreciation and movement creation activities were added to the guide to deepen students’...