Projects 2021-2022

Discover all of our projects for the year

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…

Sismography

Co-production

The web platform Sismography – Inscribing Perils, Injuries and Losses in Dance (formerly Mapping Black Holes) aims to archive and share the challenging experiences of dancers in the form of written and oral testimonials. The platform will provide a space for dancers to record these…

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,…

A Choreographer’s Notebook

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…

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…

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…

En aparté

Dissemination

Each month, the Fondation Jean-Pierre 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.

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…

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A Choreographer’s Notebook

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…

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…

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…

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…

Artistic legacy guide

Co-production

How do artists want their memory to be preserved and their works to be presented before they enter the public domain? The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault called on lawyer Sophie Préfontaine for expert advice. She developed a guide to help dance artists write their last will…

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…

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…

Brief: Documentation, valorisation et transmission…

Production

Everyone knows how important creation, presentation and training are in dance. However, less attention is paid to documentation, research, promotion and transmission, which are also vital to the development of contemporary dance. In July 2016, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault submitted the brief Documentation, valorisation et…

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….

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 Poirier…

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: 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 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…

Choreographing Documentation – Raphaël Cottin

Production

In spring 2020, French choreographer Raphaël Cottin talked to Lise Gagnon (Executive Director of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault) about his creative process and recent productions. Marie Tissot wrote a fascinating and beautifully illustrated article about it, in which she describes how Labanotation inspired the artist’s…

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…

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…

Danser Joe

Co-production

Les ateliers Danser Joe redonnent vie au répertoire chorégraphique de Jean-Pierre Perreault par la transmission d’extraits de l’oeuvre Joe à différents groupes de la population.

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 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…

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. Zab Maboungou wants to breathe new energy into our lives. For her, three key terms permeated…

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’…

En aparté

Dissemination

Each month, the Fondation Jean-Pierre 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.

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…

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…

L’INVISIBLE VISIBLE by Sylvie Pinard

Dissemination

On November 30, 2016, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault launched Sylvie Pinard’s book L’INVISIBLE VISIBLE – Transmission d’outils d’interprétation en danse, in collaboration with the Department of Dance at UQAM. A founding member of the group Nouvelle Aire, Sylvie Pinard danced professionally for over 25 years…

La danse de Hanako — Hanako’s Dance

Production

Coordinated by Catherine Lavoie-Marcus and designed by Emilie Allard, this fanzine features the traces (notations, drawings and accounts) of ten writers and illustrators who responded in real time to an improvised dance by Hanako Hoshimi-Caines. It is a perfect example of documentation as a creative…

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…

Memories of constrained and dancing bodies

Co-production

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…

Outreach activities

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…

Ouvrir la boîte

Production

For Ouvrir la boîte, Lise Gagnon invited close to 20 dance practitioners (dancers, choreographers and researchers) to examine the 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…

Performative presentation on Blanc Mémoire, by Manon Hotte

Production

Quebec choreographer and teacher Manon Hotte, currently based in Geneva, gave a performative presentation on the creative process behind Blanc Mémoire—an archival installation she co-created with Swiss photographer and stage director Dorothée Thébert. Blanc Mémoire emerged from both artists’ questionings regarding their respective practices and…

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…

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.

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,…

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…

Sismography

Co-production

The web platform Sismography – Inscribing Perils, Injuries and Losses in Dance (formerly Mapping Black Holes) aims to archive and share the challenging experiences of dancers in the form of written and oral testimonials. The platform will provide a space for dancers to record these…

Tangente: archives

Dissemination

A major player in contemporary dance in Montreal, Tangente has offered audiences bold and innovative annual programming for 35 years. Since its founding, more than 1,500 artists over three generations have enjoyed support in developing and presenting shows. Between the official opening of its doors…

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,…

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…

The 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…

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…

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…

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….

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 works…