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 and Riley Sims, dedicated to understanding successive mutations by four women choreographers across three continents: Mélanie Demers (Montréal), Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako), and Ann Van den Broek (Anvers/Rotterdam). With only a few parameters (two performers, limited creation time, duration, etc.), the choreographers are invited to create their own version of the piece by remixing, corrupting, and reinventing the most recent version as they see fit.”
The videos documenting the project were produced by Xavier Curnillon and co-produced by the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Mayday.