Choreographic toolkit Joe

Autumn 2023

Espace Perreault Choreographic transmission is pleased to announce the launch of the new Choreographic toolkit Joe on November 30, 2023.

For the past year, we’ve been working to document Joe, Jean-Pierre Perreault’s most famous work and one of the most important in the Quebec choreographic repertoire. The documentation will take the form of a choreographic toolkit. A choreographic toolkit gathers together everything that leads to the creation of a work and perpetuates its transmission. It contains all the meaningful elements needed to recreate and understand the choreography: texts, notations, photographs and videos. Given Joe‘s importance, Choreographic toolkit Joe has been a long-awaited project for the dance community for several years.

A survey of the dance community conducted in 2018 by the Regroupement québécois de la danse named Jean-Pierre Perreault’s Joe as the flagship work of Quebec’s choreographic heritage. Joe marked a turning point in the history of contemporary dance, with the emergence of a new choreographic language. Its strength, the depth of its content and its formal richness make it a timeless work as moving as it is powerful. Over a hundred dancers from all over the world have performed this magnetic work.

We will also feature the launch of the web publication Openings: Perspectives on Choreographic Toolkits and Documentation in Dance – a translation of Ouvrir la boîte. Regards sur les boîtes chorégraphiques et la documentation en danse.


Tuesday, November 30, 2023
Cinémathèque québécoise
335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. E, Montréal

Evening program

5:30 p.m.
Launch of publications:
Joe Choreographic Toolkit
Openings: Perspectives on Choreographic Toolkits and Documentation in Dance

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We look forward to seeing you there!
Wine will be served.

8 p.m.
Screening of the film Joe (1995)
(Tickets: Cinémathèque québécoise)


Joe Choreographic Toolkit (print version) will be on sale at the Cinémathèque:
Price for institutions: $75
Price for individuals: $50
We accept debit and credit cards, cheques and cash.


This immeasurable work would not have been possible without the tireless commitment of these invaluable collaborators:

The editing, copyediting, and proofreading that lend the toolkit its fluidity and clarity: Romy Snauwaert
The magnificent graphic design and page layout: Anne-Laure Jean, La DactyloGraphique
Contribution to documentation, along with Ginelle Chagnon: Victoria Côté
The creation of the enormous press review: Victoria Côté and Ariane Dessaulles
The web design of the toolkit: Guillaume Sanfaçon (Viande & Substituts enr.)

We would also like to thank Caisse Desjardins de la culture and SIT Scènes Interactives technologiques, the toolkit’s sponsors.

Finally, huge thanks to our wonderful donors who so generously responded to the call for donations. Your invaluable involvement, which is highlighted in the toolkit, warmed our hearts.


Launch of the Joe Choreographic toolkit

November 30, 2023

It is with great joy that we are launching the choreographic toolkit documenting Joe, the iconic piece by Jean-Pierre Perreault, on November 30 at the Cinémathèque Québécoise. Ginelle Chagnon, writer for the project, conducted a massive research and documentation effort. The result is a magnificent…


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For almost two years, Espace Perreault has been enthusiastically working on producing a choreographic toolkit that will document and transmit the piece Joe by Jean-Pierre Perreault. The initiative is headed up with great passion by Ginelle Chagnon, who had the good fortune to be Jean-Pierre Perreault’s assistant....