Danser Joe is a workshop for amateur dancers and non-dancers that allows its participants to live a unique performance experience while discovering an outstanding work of the contemporary choreographic repertoire.
In the company of Catherine Tardif and Daniel Villeneuve, two fabulous dance artists who have performed Joe on stage, participants donned the iconic Joe costume—boots, a felt hat and an oversize raincoat—and learned a few excerpts from the work. By offering this experience to participants, Danser Joe helped keep the memory of the choreography alive in the body of each dancer, and in our shared memory.
In Joe, a work created in 1983, then repeated many times until 2004, Jean-Pierre Perreault evokes both collective anonymity and individual singularity; the choreographer develops parameters that are dear to him: the movement of the performer at the origin of part of the music and the gravity of the body, itself emblematic of the human condition.
Danser Joe is a collaboration between the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and the city of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies.